CBS NEWS: Viral video showing police detaining crying 8-year-old boy sparks outrage

Viral video showing police detaining crying 8-year-old boy sparks outrage
The Syracuse Police Department said they are looking into the actions of one of their officers after a viral video showed him detaining a crying 8-year-old boy.

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7 thoughts on “CBS NEWS: Viral video showing police detaining crying 8-year-old boy sparks outrage

  1. Just based on the brief write-up of the incident (and the video), one can’t help but wonder why the “big policeman” couldn’t have just sat the kid down and talked to him about stealing other people’s things. Somehow I think that would have made a much more positive effect on the kid — instead of scaring him … and making him ANTI-POLICE for the rest of his life!

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    1. Hello Nan. There was a throwaway line that did not get much attention in the story.

      Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said the officer knew the child from prior interactions.

      The police were all white. The mayor wants to minimize the backlash to the white officers on camara treatment of a little boy so makes the above statement because what he really may have wanted to say was this was a problem black boy from a problem black family and so we had to treat the little shit this way as he did not deserve better. Notice he also wanted the information out there that the boy was not handcuffed. I imagine that has happened to the boy before or to another black boy in the area.

      You are right, the police did not treat the kid as a kid. They should have. Police have become an occupying army over the people and they have to be obeyed no matter what. I read a study that people in authority don’t see black and white kids the same. Black kids are perceived as older, larger, stronger than they really are. White children are just the reverse, they are often perceived as younger, smaller, weaker than they really are. That leads to the police over reacting to black kids, that leads to judges giving larger and harder sentences to black kids, and teachers giving less slack and more punishments to black kids. It is something ingrained into society so deeply that white people call the police on black people having cook outs, black kids selling lemonade on the sidewalk, and feel entitled to point guns at black people walking on the sidewalk in front of their homes, and stopping black joggers from jogging in their neighborhood by killing them. It is why the police are automatically afraid when they have a traffic stop that the people in the vehicle are black, and so they feel justified to pull their guns just on seeing that the people are black. It is ingrained in the US public that black people are large dangerous people who tend to crime and lower standards. That was what was seen on TV and movies for decades. One reason that it needs to be shown on movies and TV shows that black people are OK and normal people just like everyone else, and why bigotry in public spaces must not allowed and pushed back on. Including in public schools.


      1. You’ve summed it up with this … It is ingrained in the US public … I think it all goes back to how we are brought up. My family was not prejudiced in any way so I tend to be FAR more accepting and tolerant … of ALL people. Even Republicans. 😈

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        1. Hello Nan. It is insidious isn’t it? That is what the basics of CRT are about. Without even realizing what the systems are designed to do we see the results.

          For example. Black families in the US have historically had less income than white families in the same area. Plus due to redlining areas where black families could get financing for housing that was in certain areas. So black people lived in set areas with lower home values in poor neighborhoods. In turn that led to people seeing that black people lived in small homes in shabby areas. That led to the idea that black people are slobs and don’t keep their homes up. But black people could get loans for cars so that led to the famous quip about black homes with the porch falling off and a fancy car in the driveway. On TV black people were either shown as drug dealers, violent thugs, or poor slobby people. The females were either housekeeping staff or prostitutes. I think the first time I seen a TV show with black people being the main characters was Sanford and Son.

          I think the best show I ever seen on racism being ingrained in the population was in the TV show “In the Heat of the Night”.

          Carroll O’Connor stars as a small-town police chief (and later a sheriff) in fictional Sparta, Miss. For a small town, Sparta has its share of murder, rape, corruption, racism and drunken driving, so O’Connor’s Chief William Gillespie has his hands full. The TV series is based on the novel and film of the same name.

          The point is that O’Connor plays a fair minded person who is struggling with the racism he grew up with which he sees as normal and the unfairness of it as society is changing. He sees that some of it is wrong but struggles to understand why all of it is. He humanized the situation. I admit I watched it mostly to see (and dream of) Alan Autry. He not only was ruggedly handsome, but he had huge bulging muscled arms …. Anyway.

          How we see and hear of people being portrayed in society colors our perception of them. We may never have seen it ourselves and it may not even be something in our face, but it is there in the background, like the sound we don’t really notice anymore.

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