The Viral Video Causes Backlash & Demands From The Community
A Virginia police officer let his racist feelings fly when interacting with some Black middle schoolers.
According to New York Daily News, the unidentified White cop was slowly driving past the group of kids after they allegedly heckled him. That’s when the words came from his salty mouth: “Wait until your a$$es turn 18, then you’re mine.”
The clip was recorded by 13-year-old Cameron Hillard and posted to Facebook by her mom Keisha Curry. The officer faced immediate backlash when the clip went viral with over 57,000 views.
“I am disgusted and disappointed but not surprised that a white male officer would make a threat and use that tone or language towards a group of children,” Curry wrote in the video caption. “My child and her friends have to walk to their after school program and knowing that the police are making idle threats to them is unsettling.”
After all the backlash, the cop must now undergo remedial training, according to interim police chief William Smith. The officer has also been reassigned elsewhere in Richmond, Virginia.
“I share the community’s concern with that incident,” Smith told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, saying that the comment was “inappropriate.” He continued, “His actions do not reflect the actions, the policies or the training that we have as an agency, and do not reflect the expectations that I have.”
The disciplinary action concluded with an internal investigation of the cop, whose 15-year tenure has been marked by one other complaint.
“He voluntarily requested to be given the opportunity to speak to and apologize to the parents,” Smith said in a statement from NBC News. “While these facts don’t minimize the incident, they do give you totality of the person.”
Many parents still weren’t here for the BS.
Ms. Curry complained, “Not letting the public know who the officer is doesn’t allow any other individuals the opportunity to speak out if they were mistreated by him before.”
“Everyone knows we didn’t want him fired based on this encounter, but how can this behavior be fully investigated by only doing an internal investigation, when the verbal threat was done in the community?”
QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS.
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