Video has surfaced of police in Syracuse, New York, aggressively detaining an 8-year-old black boy for allegedly stealing a bag of potato chips. One of the cops grabs the kid by his arms and walks him over to his cruiser. A bystander is then heard arguing with the police about how the boy is being treated, saying, “I seen y’all snatching him off the bike like he’s a f**king grown-ass man.” The video concludes with the boy screaming from the back of the police vehicle. This is not how to handle a case of a bit of kid allegedly taking something from a convenience store without paying for it. There obviously appears to be a racial component to this, where if a white child had done the same thing, they’d be asked to return the item and apologize for what they’ve done. But, the cops, in this case, found it appropriate to drag and detain the boy, possibly traumatizing him for life.
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