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Targetting Black children; Video shows the 8-year-old Black child being taken into custody after white police say he was accused of stealing chips

by AfroWorldNews

A viral video showing a young black child being taken into custody by white police officers in Syracuse, New York, has prompted an internal investigation by the local police department. According to many experts, this video once again confirms the fear that many in the Black community have that the police are now targeting black children.

The video, which was filmed by a bystander, shows three officers putting the boy in a police car after they said he stole something from a store.

The clip has been viewed more than 1 million times on social media, with some commenters accusing the police of overreacting. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh also issued a statement on Twitter about the incident and said that an investigation of the officer’s body camera footage was “ongoing.”

“When the online video was first shared with me on Monday, I was concerned,” he said in his statement. “I asked Chief Buckner and the SPD to review all body-worn camera footage, which is ongoing. Officers were responding to a call for larceny that had just occurred at a nearby business.

Kenneth Jackson, the Syracuse resident who captured the viral footage, was running errands on Sunday when he first saw a group of officers grab the 8-year-old from his bike, while the alleged stolen bag of Doritos spilled everywhere.

“He got snatched off that bike,” he told the local news outlet. That’s when the 37-year-old man decided to hit record.

“What are you doing?” Mr. Jackson asks in the cell phone recording, as he gestures at the police officer holding back the sobbing 8-year-old’s arms, marching him towards a marked police car.

“You can guess what I’m doing,” the officer holding the boy responded.

A federal analysis of federal crime reports identified more than 2,600 arrests in schools involving kids ages 5 to 9 between 2000 and 2019. 75 percent of these arrests were Black children.

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