Syracuse Police Face Backlash After Viral Video Shows Officer Detaining Crying Eight-Year-Old Boy

Police officers in Syracuse, New York face outrage and criticism after a viral video showed officers detaining a crying eight-year-old boy for allegedly stealing a bag of chips.

In the video that has amassed over five million views across social media in a few days, a police officer can be seen restraining the crying and screaming boy by both arms before placing him in a police vehicle.

The boy was not handcuffed or arrested and was not injured.

Another office told bystanders off-camera who were questioning their actions that the boy was caught stealing.

The bystanders also offered to pay for the chips and to walk the boy home.

Kenneth Jackson, who recorded the video, can be heard shouting at the police, “I’m taking this video to help to make sure you all don’t kill him because that’s what you all do.”

The Syracuse Police Department said they drove the boy home and met his father following the incident on April 17 in the northside of the city.

No charges were filed against the boy, police said.

The boy’s father, Anthony Weah, told the Post-Standard that he wants to file a complaint against the officers after seeing the video.

Police said the incident is under investigation and body-worn cameras are being reviewed.

According to Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, the officer knew the boy from prior interactions “and explained to him that he was being taken home.”

“What occurred demonstrates the continuing need for the city to provide support to our children and families and to invest in alternative response options to assist our officers,” Walsh said in a statement.

At a press conference, New York Governor Kathy Hochul described the video as “heart-wrenching.”

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