The officer who pepper-sprayed protesters outside Cleveland State University will be on administrative duties until an investigation has been completed, according to a statement posted on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s website.
RTA officials said the officer is Sgt. Robert Schwab, a 25-year veteran of the force.
Video taken by a protester at the Black Lives Matter conference showing Schwab pepper spraying the crowd went viral and was featured on national news sources after the incident occurred Sunday afternoon.
Police said the incident happened on East 24th Street and Euclid Avenue after a crowd of protesters locked arms and refused to let a police cruiser leave the scene.
The protesters were angry over how RTA police handled the arrest of a 14-year-old boy.
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