A cursing toddler seen in a video swearing and flipping off adults has been placed in protective custody.
The Omaha Police Officers Association originally posted the video, which shows the toddler being cursed at and called racial names by adults. The boy then curses back and raises his middle finger. The union drew criticism for posting the video online but defended its action by saying they were just trying to show people the problems that police face.
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A police statement said four children, including the cursing toddler, were taken into custody, The Associated Press reported
. The Omaha Police Department said they reviewed the video and found no criminal issue, but an investigation of the home found safety concerns.
The union achieved its goal of stimulating discussion on what it called “cycle of violence and thuggery” by posting the video, which was found on a gang member’s Facebook page, CNN said
The president of Black Men United, an activist group, said the union was wrong to post the video.
“For them to take a video out of context — a 2-year-old who doesn't have the brain capacity to know what's going on — and to say that this child, because two adults acted inappropriately, is going to end up in a life of crime is totally inappropriate," Willie Hamilton told CNN.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer expressed the views of the police department.
"I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations," Schmaderer told CNN.
In online comments, there were concerns that showing the video was racist because the toddler is African-American.
“Sadly this behavior is not unique to one race, but because those in this clip are black, critics are being called racists,” one person wrote on the CNN story.
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