Police in a small Utah town are being accused of overreacting after using pepper spray to break up a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a traditional dance called the Haka after a high school football game.
The police action came after a pair of officers unsuccessfully attempted to disperse the dozen or so performers who were blocking an exit after the Union-Uintah game Thursday night, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The group reportedly was trying to boost Union’s morale with the Haka as the players left the field. Police said many people in the crowd knew the group was going to dance, but the officers and others didn’t.
Local police pepper spray traditional Polynesian dancers. Eight cops not one clue.