Social media users who have viewed the video contend that officers traumatized the child instead of talking to him humanely.
The mayor of Syracuse is responding to a viral video of his city’s police officers putting an 8-year-old boy in the back of a squad car after he was accused of stealing a bag of chips.
Mayor Ben Walsh said of the video, which was recorded on Easter Sunday, that the officers did not handcuff the boy. “The officer knew the child from prior interactions and explained to him that he was being taken home,” Walsh said. “The officers returned the child to his family and discussed the incident with his father before leaving without filing any charges,” he said, according to today!
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