Video Of Crying 8-Year-Old Boy Detained By Police In Syracuse In New York

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Video Of Crying 8-Year-Old Boy Detained By Police In Syracuse In New York
Video Of Crying 8-Year-Old Boy Detained By Police In Syracuse In New York

Video Of Crying 8-Year-Old Boy Detained By Police In Syracuse In New York.

The young boy (who is Black) reportedly stole a bag of chips, prompting what appears to be an outsize response involving multiple officers, with one restraining his arms around his back and forcing him into a police vehicle.

viral video of syracuse police detaining crying 8 year old faces backlash

A clip of police in Syracuse, New York detaining a crying 8-year-old boy has gone viral, sparking outrage across social media.

The young boy (who is Black) reportedly stole a bag of chips, prompting what appears to be an outsize response involving multiple officers, with one restraining his arms around his back and forcing him into a police vehicle.

Watch the video below…

“I felt his terror and decided to intervene. … There’s a way that the police need to interact with kids, and what they did that day was completely unacceptable.”

The boy’s father, Anthony Weah, told the Post-Standard he was grateful to Jackson for intervening. He questioned:

“Why would the police treat that child like that? Over a $3 bag of chips.”

After the clip went viral, the Syracuse Police

posted a statement on Twitter:

“We (SPD) are aware of a video being shared on social media involving several of our Officers and juveniles accused of stealing from a store on the City’s northside. The incident, including the Officers’ actions and body-worn cameras, are being reviewed There is some misinformation involving this case. The juvenile suspected of larceny was not placed in handcuffs. He was placed in the rear of a patrol unit where he was directly brought home. Officers met with the child’s father and no charges were filed.”

These statements insisting that the child wasn’t handcuffed is not at all reassuring. Seeing three adult officers physically intimidate and manhandle a crying kid — particularly a young Black boy who is likely all too aware of the dangers police present to him — is upsetting enough without the handcuffs.

Mayor Walsh is right about one thing, alternative responses need to be available, because there is no scenario in which a child should be detained in such a manner as a punishment, even if they’ve done something bad. A kid stealing a bag of chips simply does not warrant any kind of police response at all. Are there not more pressing matters for the cops to attend to?

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