The family of a pregnant Memphis woman is searching for answers after security guards at her apartment complex threw her to the ground and pepper sprayed her–reportedly without cause.
The incident began at Bent Tree Apartments, when the family was helping their mom whose apartment had caught on fire, Fox 13 reports.
Security guards approached Camri Denton and attacked her after a brief confrontation. The violence was caught on tape.
While the baby and the mother-to-be are expected to be okay, family members are questioning what caused the encounter.
“My name is on the lease. So, I don’t have to leave,” Denton can be heard telling the guard in the video. “I don’t have to leave. My name is on the lease.”
“Ma’am, you are causing a riot out here,” the guard responded. “You are causing people out here to act crazy.”
Denton told FOX13, “He snatched me up by my wrist. He almost broke it… After I’m two to three months pregnant. And they slammed me against the wall. They put me in handcuffs, and the female pepper sprayed me.”
Andre Buford, the victim’s father, witnessed the incident from the beginning, saying “I mean, I don’t understand how security is able to get away with things like this,” he said. “Especially when your job is to secure the problem, not cause problems.”
Fox 13‘s investigative team followed up with the security contractor, Cobra Memphis, who claimed they do not have a contract to secure Bent Tree Apartments.