A viral video of a 2-year-old child cursing has led to the toddler, and his teenage mother being moved to foster care.
The video was first posted by the Omaha Police Union on their website as an example of the “thug cycle.” The video received a wave of backlash from African American community members, accusing the union of perpetuating negative stereotypes about people of color.
In the video, the diapered boy is taunted and cursed at by adults, who coax him into using crude words. The toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle-finger salute.
The 17-year-old mother and her son had been removed from their home and placed in protective custody after the video surfaced last week, but officials said their removal had little to do with the video, CNN affiliate KETV in Omaha reported. Last week, the mother defended her son in an interview with KETV. CNN is not identifying the mother or her son because they are juveniles.
“He’s a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that,” the mother said. “Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn’t do that. I don’t allow it.”
The ACLU said the union’s use of “racially charged language” was “very disconcerting.”
She said her brother’s friend filmed the video while she was in another room.
Sgt. John Wells came down on the police union’s use of the video, and said that it was “very disconcerting.” Members of the police union turned the video over to Omaha’s child victim’s unit.
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