Despite the clear threat that the cop's action posed to the bikers, the Fort Worth police have yet to formally reprimand Officer Figueroa. Instead, they have merely relegated him to a desk job for the time being, a strangely-lenient “punishment” for such an irresponsible act:
“In a statement, Fort Worth officials named the policeman involved as Officer Figueroa, a ‘six-year veteran' who has been ‘removed from uniformed patrol duties and placed in an administrative capacity pending the investigation'.
Police say they had received a number of calls reporting reckless driving relating to the motorcyclists. However, the biker who shot the video disputes this claim.
Biker Jack Kinney said he did not see any reckless driving and accused the department of running a ‘propaganda campaign to try to mitigate the damage', The Star Telegram reports.
‘What’s in the video? The people at that time, they weren’t committing any crime,' Kinney told the local paper. ‘They were driving slower than the speed limit and they got pepper sprayed for it.'
Another biker called Chase Stone said the police action could have resulted in serious injury or death.
‘If one or two or three of those riders had their face masks up and that would have hit them in the eyes, it would have more than likely sent them down,' Stone said.”
Watch the video below: