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CCSD police officer seen on camera pepper spraying woman

Posted: 11:28 PM, Sep 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-15 06:34:06Z

A video of a CCSD Police Officer grabbing and pepper spraying a young woman outside of Centennial High School is going viral and stirring up controversy.

The video was shot by Centennial High School Senior Guillermo Milan.

"Someone was getting handcuffed and then all of a sudden I was like oh I'm gonna start recording," said Milan. "The girl was like that's my brother, that's my brother. She was running and the cop was like no no no."

You can see the officer grab the girl by her neck and push her into the vehicle. A few moments later, the girl still would not comply so you can see the officer pepper spray the girl.

"He was doing his job but he could have just like grabbed her and held her there, he didn't have to do all that," said Milan.

"The first time the cop told her back away, if she would have just backed away there, we would not be in the situation we are in now where she got thrown against the car, and pepper sprayed," said Centennial High School Junior Alan Jarvis who was a witness to the incident. "That could have been totally avoided."

CCSD police say the incident all began after a student was robbed by another student who does not attend Centennial. 

Sources tell 13 Action News the CCSD police officer involved in the incident is Christopher Klemp.

13 Action News has done a few stories on Klemp over the years regarding accusations of lying, threats, and cover-up within the department. That led him to being reassigned according to CCSD.

In the meantime, CCSD police say they are reviewing this latest incident.