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Cleveland transit police suspend officer who pepper-sprayed Black Lives crowd
By Afi Scruggs

The Cleveland transit officer who pepper-sprayed a crowd leaving the Black Lives Summit has been placed on administrative leave.

Robert G Schwab, a sergeant with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, used the irritant spray during a confrontation over the seeming arrest of a black teenager. A video of the white officerspraying the crowd on Sunday quickly went viral.

Schwab – described as a 25-year veteran of the force – was being assigned to administrative duties while the agency investigated the incident, said GCRTA spokesman Jerry Masek, who did not know how long that investigation would take.