Swearing Toddler ‘Thug’ Video Taken Into Protective Custody

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(Omaha, NE) A Nebraska toddler who repeated a slew of profanities in an online video has been taken into child protective custody, Omaha police said Wednesday.

While authorities found nothing criminal in the video, officials from the Omaha police's Child Victim Unit and the Nebraska Child Protective Services took the infant and three other children into custody on Wednesday, the police department said on its Facebook page.

The joint investigation found safety concerns, the statement said.

A diapered child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him and it was caught on camera.

The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with an upraised middle finger and telling one of the adults at one point, "Shut up, bitch."

The adults laugh and prompt him to repeat other crudities.

The police union in Omaha, Nebraska posted the clip on its website to highlight what it called the "cycle of violence and thuggery" the community faces. Now, the Omaha Police Officers' Association is under fire from the city's police chief, the ACLU and at least one community leader.

They say the move needlessly antagonizes the city's minority communities, who make up about a quarter of Omaha's 409,000 residents.

Others say those who are mad should be mad at the adults involved. Sgt. John Wells, the union's president, said the video was "disturbing" and "offensive." "The focus here isn't on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior towards this child," Wells said. "This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy." "Hopefully, the impact is, it gives law-abiding citizens what law enforcement deals with on a daily basis, and it sort of throws back the blinders that these type of problems are going on," he said. "And we can have a very frank and open discussion on how to tackle these issues and come up with solutions."

On the website where the video is hosted, the union said the clip came from "a local thug's public Facebook page." "We here at OmahaPOA.com viewed the video and we knew that despite the fact that it is sickening, heartbreaking footage, we have an obligation to share it to continue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in," the police union wrote in a post accompanying the video. "Now while we didn't see anything in this video that is blatantly 'illegal,' we sure did see a lot that is flat out immoral and completely unhealthy for this little child from a healthy upbringing standpoint," it added.

Wells said one of the adults mentions a local street gang in the video.

"That is why when we talk about the culture, the criminal culture, that this is to try to break the cycle and deal with the culture of violence and the culture of gang activity," he said. Willie Hamilton, president of the community activist group Black Men United, said the union "crossed a line by doing this." "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," Hamilton said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, which filed an excessive-force suit against the Omaha Police Department on behalf of an African-American family on Monday, said the union's use of "racially charged language" was "very disconcerting." "Officers should be working to build a culture where anyone feels comfortable calling law enforcement," ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Becki Brenner said in a written statement. "The manner in which the Officers Association has discussed this incident has done nothing but further erode community trust and reinforce the need for independent oversight, trainings, and other reforms."

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer tried to distance his agency from the controversy in a statement issued Tuesday, saying that the union's website and Facebook page are separate from those of the Omaha Police Department and that he has little authority over the public statements of union members. "With that background and understanding, I want to make it explicit and clear that the views expressed on the OPOA Facebook page do not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Omaha Police Department," Schmaderer said. "I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations."

Hamilton said the statement was too little, too late.

Schmaderer was speaking out only "because this thing is on the Internet and went viral," he said. "What do you think it's going to do about the trust level? You think we're going to call you and tell you anything? No. All this is doing is highlighting that."

Wells said union members have turned the video over to the department's child victim unit, which will work with child-welfare agencies to investigate the circumstances. More from CNN


  • Hard Truths

    I say police unions are institutionally problematic. They defend bad cops, and they set up a united front of swaggering disrespect toward the civilian public.

    And I’m pro-union, BTW.

    • Dave

      Sure fooled me. Sounds eerily like the whole “I’m not racist but…” Stuff. Just remember if you have to qualify or validate what is about to come out of your mouth then what you’re saying is either useless to society or you’re in company where you feel you can’t truly express your feelings.

    • Jerry

      Unions are generally democratic. Years of democratic leadership in cities lead to a a decline in generally every area imaginable of that city including increased poverty. Stories like this are usually from impoverished areas. Think about supporting unions.

  • George Brown

    The union says that is the point, that this is not a one race issue. They’re reminding parents and others kids start absorbing what they see around them at an early age and it can lead to problems down the road.

  • whoyoukiddin

    Typical of the ACLU turning it into a racist problem instead of what it really is and that is a problem of how people are treating this child. Yes they happen to be black in this video, but it is a wake up call because it also goes on in white households. How about you trying to figure out how to stop this behavior instead of inciting racism as the ACLU is known for. As for the Black Men United well then unite and stop this from happening in the black community. At least you get to have something like that since we can’t have a White Men United or we would be known as racist.

  • CJ

    This shows no class, no ambition to be an upstanding citizen in any city.
    Why is a child that old wearing a diaper, that’s a sign of neglect. I hope this home is investigated for that.

  • dontbarnes

    I don’t what part of the Memphis area you live in, but that isn’t the norm around here. This isn’t a racist issue, this is case of lousy parenting. Kids around here could expect a mouthful of soap, at a minimum. My folks would have blistered my behind if I acted that way. If adults spoke like that around us kids, they would have put an abrupt halt to it, or ask them to leave. Our kids were bought up the same way. Even as adults, if they spoke like that to us, I’d still blister their behind! I don’t care if you’re purple, green, or orange, lousy parents rear lousy kids. It’s really simple.

    • The Good Son

      I was 23 years old the last time my mother thumped me. I was a First Class Petty Officer and when I dropped the F bomb in front her she made me wish I had stayed on the ship that day.

      But when there are no rules for parenting you can’t force people to raise their kids right, only deal with the consequences.

  • OriginalMan52

    Its NOT our CULTURE! We have been turned into the condition that we are in by the ARCH Deceiver, CHIEF Freak, and NATURAL BORN Killers!!! Do I have to say who they are???

    • Terroe

      Why you people always blaming somebody but yourselfs? you stetes your self you’ve been turned into it. THATS upbringing from your own kind. The police union should investigate this mother!

  • American born Muslim

    @ george brown Sir you know very well that the police union was trying to say its a one race problem. Please don’t insult the intelligence of your rreaders. The union clearly forgets the rampant crystal meth related crime of Omaha. You wanna hear childern cussing out the parents? Try any grocery store out here in Cordova regardless of ethnicity.

    • Nonya Bidness

      Just what the police union needs, someone that has an imaginary pedophile friend telling them what they think.

    • low

      I’m black myself and it is a big problem with our race! These savage like, thug people are making decent like myself look bad….they are an embarrassment to our race. The animals that are teaching this child this in the video are the type of people that decent blacks try to avoid! I don’t blame white people for the way they feel regarding what’s happened to my race of people here in America!

  • Don

    I look at people who call themselves African-American, I think these people as being born in Africa. This article seems to say, “you can take people out of a third world country, but you can’t take the third world out of the people.
    Now, I live in Tennessee and I don’t call myself a Mississippi-American. As far as I am concerned, I am a Tennessean who was born in Mississippi.

  • American born Muslim

    Don save the foolishness Caucasian Americans always refer to the ancestory of their ancestors such as irish and italian americans. Its only a problem when the African Americans pay homage to the ethnicity of their ancestors. Thing is any empowerment of the African Americans is considered. A threat to the non african descendant people of the Americas.those people intentionally try to sabotage such empowerment

  • hateliberalcommies

    This became a “RACE” problem when the race pimps and the ACLU slithered their way into the picture…

  • hateliberalcommies

    The “Race” problem started when the local race p i m p s and the ACLU slithered into the picture.

  • Dee

    Poor child. He hasn’t a chance unless he is taken from the low life adults in his life. Race has nothing to do with it. A child deserves better. The little thing needs a loving family and decent role models, stability a chance to b able to know more than hate,filthy language and hopefully he will have more than a four letter word vocabulary.

  • Linda

    Racism is alive and well and guess who is perpetrating it? Black people against other black people or those pretending to be Caucasian. For the last 50 years the war against black women and their families by the Free Masons, Hollywood, the British Monarch, and the American politician have grown even worst. Just look up mind control the new America war against unsuspecting people and particular black people or whatever name they give us.
    I am currently fighting a racist government system and the President of America is a part of it, he refuses to address it, refuse to address the war on women and he and his handlers are a part of the abuse. As all Presidents of America is guilty of slavery, usury, crimes against women and their list of evils is wrong. The current President and his controllers are guilty of violating the 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, and 13th, amendments as is Congress as well.

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    • Nonya Bidness

      You need to call George Nori on Coast-to-Coast AM. That is where all the conspiracy nutcases meet to discuss things like this.

  • cstreet1973

    I’m sorry but I have to wonder if this would have shown up on the police union’s website had this been a white family.

  • HatesElvis

    With all the hate white people say on here why is my comment under moderation this is crazy mean is this really news or just a way to get some racist comments, i see white kids curse there mom and pops out everyday in the streets of Memphis so how is this news…

    • Little Detroit

      That white on white crime is out of control in Hickory Hill , Binghampton and Frayser. ihateelvis needs to wake up and realize WHO the killers are.

  • Marie Higdon

    This is appalling, who gets a kick out of leading this child into acting this way. This my friends is one of the major reasons this world is so crappy, no parental rules and children being raised like animals.

  • Bishop

    “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,” Hamilton said. I don’t understand how people can be so blind. Out of context? It’s right there for all to see. Obviously if this child is raised with these kinds of influences, nothing but bad will come from it. Look around! Look where we are. Hamilton isn’t very bright…or just willfully ignorant. He’s the one being inappropriate. Absolute nonsense.

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