A group of young Polynesian men were doused in the face with pepper spray by police officers in Utah, for simply perfroming a Haka after a college American football match.
The Huffington Post reports that police in Roosevelt, are now being accused of over reacting and that around a dozen men along with bystanders and spectators were hit with the spray when the Haka, (a traditional Maori dance), was being performed.
Apparently the group of fans were trying to boost their side’s morale after they finished the game and season without a single victory. But the police misinterpreted their actions.
One fan, Rem McCormack, who was interviewed in a deserted warehouse, was quoted as saying:
“See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.”
He then theatrically jumped off the bonnet of his yellow Volkswagen Beetle, took of his sweatshirt and angrily cartwheeled through the warehouse.
(via The Huffington Post)