Amy Atkisson (pictured in mugshot) was accused of using pepper spray on a group of Black Lives Matter protesters on Sunday
A California woman was arrested after she allegedly shot pepper spray out of a Lexus at group of Black Lives Matter protesters, including a 16-year-old victim.
Amy Atkisson, 46, was taken into custody by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for a ‘pepper spray incident’ in the city of Thousand Oaks Sunday evening.
Cell phone footage of the incident shows a group of demonstrators holding a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.
The group of protesters appeared to be mostly teenagers and young people.
While the group chants ‘Black Lives Matter’ at cars waiting at an intersection, a woman alleged to be Atkisson rolls down the window of her Lexus SUV and unleashes pepper spray at the protesters.
One of the victims appears to have been sprayed in the eyes. Nearby protesters rush to the girl’s aid while the Lexus SUV drives away.
The person filming the altercation captured the vehicle’s license plate, which helped authorities track down the owner of the vehicle.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened on Sunday evening in Thousand Oaks, which is around 40 miles from Los Angeles
‘Detectives worked quickly to identify the victim and possible suspect in this incident,’ authorities said in a press release.
‘Numerous witnesses who were either at the scene when the incident occurred or saw the video on social media came forward with information.
‘A thorough investigation was conducted and probable cause was developed to arrest (S) Amy Atkisson for the pepper spray assault.’
The release listed a 16-year-old minor as a victim in the incident.
Atkisson was booked for unlawful use of tear gas, which is punishable with a prison sentence and a fine up to $1,000.
‘…Any person who uses tear gas or any tear gas weapon except in self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable by imprisonment…for 16 months, or two or three years or in a county jail not to exceed one year or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment,’ according to California law.
A woman, identified as Atkisson by authorities, is seen spraying protesters with a substance believed to be pepper spray
One of the protesters appeared to be sprayed in the eyes and authorities said in a statement that there is a 16-year-old victim
She was released on zero bail in accordance with The Judicial Council of California emergency measure that sets bail to zero in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Atkisson is scheduled to appear in court on July 31.
Thousand Oaks is located around 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, which has become one of many cities to rise up in protest over the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died in police custody after a Derek Chauvin, a white former officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, knelt on his neck for several minutes. Floyd later died at a local hospital.
Chauvin has since been arrested for Floyd’s death, as well as three other officers who were at the scene during the disturbing incident.
This has sparked protests across the United States with demonstrators fighting against police brutality and systematic racism.
The demonstrations erupted in several cities, including New York City and Atlanta, and eventually there were recorded protests in all 50 states.
Pictured: Demonstrators chant their slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd on Thursday in Los Angeles, California
While several of the protests have been peaceful, others have been marred by continued instances of police brutality, violence and looting.
The National Guard was deployed to at least 16 cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
President Trump has received enormous criticism for his handling of the George Floyd protests with backlash coming from both side of the political aisle.
Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, Trump’s former Secretary of Defense, was the latest to lambaste the president over claims he’s dividing the United States.
‘Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try,’ Mattis wrote.
On Thursday, the first of several memorials for Floyd was held at a sanctuary in North Central University.
Several Hollywood celebrities, politicians, musicians and public figures attended the memorial service.
Pictured: Protesters hold their hands in the air waiting to be arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for violation of curfew at Grand Park on Wednesday
George Floyd’s family members surround his golden casket at the Lindquist Sanctuary at the North Central University on Thursday during the first of three memorial services in the next six days in his honor
The Rev. Al Sharpton delivers a passionate address at the memorial of George Floyd at the North Central University in Minneapolis on Thursday
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was seen sobbing uncontrollably while kneeling next to Floyd’s gold coffin.
Civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton blasted Trump in a passionate eulogy, including a critique of a staged photo Trump took in front of St. John’s church with a Bible earlier this week.
‘I’ve never seen anyone hold a bible like that (and) I’ve been preaching since I was a little boy. If he’s watching us today, I’d like him to open that Bible and reach Ecclesiastes 3: ‘To every season, there is a time.’ I’d like him to understand what time it is,’ Sharpton said.
‘We cannot use Bibles as a prop. For those that have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop. Let us stand for what is right.’
At one point during the service, mourners stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to mark the fatal length of time the officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck.