HOUSTON A Houston Independent School District police officer pepper sprayed a student Thursday during a confrontation on the Madison High School campus.
The student was in the midst of a three-day suspension when he walked back on campus shortly before 3 p.m. and ended up in a scuffle with the officer, school officials said.
They were just like they were trying to take him down. He wouldn t let them though, so he started shoving back, started fighting back and he got pepper sprayed too, said Edwin Henriquez, a witness. And he s like, Ahh, screaming and stuff. And I m like, Ooh.
One student who witnessed what happened said it appeared the student who police arrested was attempting to give himself up.
They just put him in a choke hold for no reason, said Brandy Richardson. They could have just had a regular conversation with him.
Another student said he saw police use their pepper spray.
He was just saying, My eye, said Keelon Medford. And they were just saying, It s not my problem.
The parents of the student arrested identified their son as Abdul Rakman Ali; a 16-year-old who they said had been suspended for bringing a skateboard to school.
But they said the suspension had ended a day earlier, which is the only reason they allowed him to return to campus.
This was nothing but police brutality, said Akilah Ali. My son is a good boy.
School officials were exploring potential charges against their son.
Mr. and Mrs. Ali said they were contemplating filing a lawsuit.