OMAHA, NE (OMAHA POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION/CNN) - Police union draws fire over swearing toddler 'thug' video.
The child, along with three other children, has been taken into protective services, according to a statement on the Omaha Police Facebook page.
The Child Victim Unit determined no crimes had been committed, but investigators say they found safety concerns.
The video shows a toddler wearing a diaper, bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him. Then coached to respond with profanity.
They seem irritated over a fallen chair.
"You a [expletive], [expletive]."
"You a [expletive], [expletive]. You throwin' a fit right now, little [expletive]?"
"Better pick this chair up [expletive]."
The child then flips his middle finger at the camera.
The toddler exchanges at least 35 swear words with the adults in video.
They discuss sexual matters, even apparent gang affiliations.
The video was posted on the website of the Omaha Police Officers Association, which says, "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."
"When you see a child being treated like this, who can't really defend themselves, an innocent child," said John Wells, president of Omaha Police Officers Association. "Unfortunately though, it's something, as police officers, we see that is all too common."
Commenters on the police union's website objected to what some saw as racial overtones in posting the video.
"This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy. It has nothing to do with race or ethnicity," Wells said. "The whole point to posting this video was to show, again, the depth of the problem, so people realize this type of thing does happen in Omaha, NE, and we can start to address these very serious issues."
Omaha's Chief of Police Todd Schmaderer released a statement saying the department has no control over the content of the police union's website, and the chief "Strongly disagree[s] with any postings that may cause a divide in our community."
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