A video of white law enforcement officials in Syracuse, New York, forcing a crying Black boy into the again of their automobile over a bag of stolen chips has spurred outrage.
Within the video from a bystander posted Monday on Twitter, which has been seen greater than 2.3 million instances, a white male cop is seen holding a Black baby’s arms behind his again. Because the boy sobs loudly, the cop places him into the again of a police automobile as two different officers look on.
“What’s y’all doing?” repeatedly asks the bystander — 37-year-old Kenneth Jackson, in accordance with Syracuse.com. “He appears like a child to me.”
“He’s stealing stuff,” solutions one other cop.
“I’ll pay for it,” the person responds. “Go away him alone.”
The Syracuse Police Department later said in a statement that the boy had been accused of stealing from a retailer and that he was taken residence by the police. They stated the boy was not positioned in handcuffs and no expenses have been filed. The incident was “being reviewed.”
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh stated in a press release Tuesday that when he first noticed the video, he was “involved” however that no handcuffs have been used and the kid was taken residence. He referred to as for town to raised help children and households and put money into “different response choices” to police.
The boy’s father, Anthony Weah, advised Syracuse.com that the cops who dropped off his son, who’s 8 years outdated, have been pleasant — however later, upon seeing the video of his son wailing and being pressured into the again of a police automobile over a bag of Doritos, Weah stated he wanted to lodge a complaint with the police.
“Why would the police deal with that baby like that? Over a $3 bag of chips,” Weah stated to the information outlet.
He stated he was grateful to the bystander who filmed the incident for “standing up for them.”