Ugh: Omaha Police Call Video of Toddler Cursing “The Thug Cycle”

January 8, 2014  |  
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A “concerned citizen” posted a video on the website of the Omaha police union of a toddler cussing. The person pulled the video off Facebook but didn’t indicate where it came from. Instead of either a) being concerned or b) ignoring it (because this “concern” is silly), the Omaha police called the video evidence of “the thug cycle”. Obviously, the little boy is black.

Union president John Wells went so far as to say it had “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.” That’s all well and good, but it just sounds racist. The executive director of Black Men United of Omaha told Omaha.com, “The police actually have a website that is perpetuating mistrust and anger, and I think that is what it is meant to do. I thought posting the video was crossing the line. To use that incident to say that our kids are going to grow up and be thugs is far-reaching and insensitive. We are talking about a child that hasn’t even gone to school yet.”

To say a baby has no hope but to grow up and be a thug is disgusting. Like he can’t get guidance? Like the people in the video egging the baby on aren’t playing a stupid joke? There’s no option but their being serious and the boy being nothing but a thug in training?

Wells admitted there wasn’t anything illegal happening in the video (“Unfortunately, there is no crime against raising your kids that way.”), but if he were really concerned, why not act like a police office and do something? The whole thing is so disgusting. In a moment of brilliant backpedaling, the police department apparently called child protective services.

Watch the video below and let us know what you think.

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