Today, Orlando Police were called to attend to what they're saying was a "large, disorderly crowd" forming outside of a beauty supply store in Orlando's Pine Hills neighborhood. According to news reports, the Beauty Exchange on Pine Hills Road was holding a grand opening sale for its new location. They were offering deals on hair extensions and other beauty supplies to the first 50 and 100 customers in the door. Apparently, people began lining up before the store opened, and people began pushing and shoving when the doors opened. In the video above, from WKMG Local 6, police attempt to get people to move away from the doors. When that doesn't work, they use pepper spray to get them to disperse.
According to OPD public information officer Sgt. Lovetta Quinn-Henry, officers were "unsuccessful" at gaining control fo the crowed, "therefore they sprayed over the heads of the crowd to gain control."
She says that peace was restored and no one was injured or arrested. "The incident is being reviewed to make sure everything was within OPD policy," she says. "When officers spray into large crowds, not directed at a specific individuals, its typically to gain control of a large group people who has failed to disperse or move from a specific location."
The Beauty Exchange circular, advertising the store's grand opening sale
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.