A video of white law enforcement officials in Syracuse, New York, forcing a crying Black boy into the again of their car 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 occasions, a white male cop is seen holding a Black youngster’s arms behind his again. Because the boy sobs loudly, the cop places him into the again of a police automotive as two different officers look on.
“What’s y’all doing?” repeatedly asks the bystander — 37-year-old Kenneth Jackson, in line 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 house by the police. They mentioned the boy was not positioned in handcuffs and no expenses had been filed. The incident was “being reviewed.”
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh mentioned in an announcement Tuesday that when he first noticed the video, he was “involved” however that no handcuffs had been used and the kid was taken house. He known as for the town to higher help children and households and put money into “various response choices” to police.
The boy’s father, Anthony Weah, informed Syracuse.com that the cops who dropped off his son, who’s 8 years previous, had been pleasant — however later, upon seeing the video of his son wailing and being compelled into the again of a police automotive over a bag of Doritos, Weah mentioned he needed to lodge a grievance with the police.
“Why would the police deal with that youngster like that? Over a $3 bag of chips,” Weah mentioned to the information outlet.
He mentioned he was grateful to the bystander who filmed the incident for “standing up for them.”