Teacher on phone pepper-sprayed by officer as he walked by police line

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SEATTLE -- A school teacher in Seattle is suing the city after a police officer pepper-sprayed him as he walked by a police line during protests on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The entire incident was caught on camera.

KCPQ reports that Jesse Hagopian was hit in the face with pepper spray as he was talking on the phone to his mother when it happened.

“I yelled out, my mom was in distress as she heard me yell and couldn’t see me,” Hagopian said at a news conference Wednesday to announce his lawsuit against the city. Hagopian is suing the city of Seattle for $500,000 in damages.

“It was an irrational action, and that’s why we’re here,” said Hagopian’s lawyer James Bible.

Hagopian says he spoke out at a peaceful protest earlier in the day and he believes Seattle police targeted him.

The raw video below was released by Hagopian’s attorney. Warning: This raw video contains a vulgarity.

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