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Was a Black child arrested over a bag of chips by police? Not actually arrested, but he was temporarily detained by Syracuse police officers for allegedly stealing a snack from a convenience store on Sunday.

A Philadelphia resident captured the disturbing incident on video that shows a White, middle-aged police officer manhandling the 8-year-old. Four police officers in total were involved in the boy’s temporary detainment.

During the scuffle, the 8-year-old Black child could be heard screaming in fear of being arrested at the top of his lungs.

The male resident filming the child’s arrest even offers to pay for the bag of chips. His name is Kenneth Jackson. ?

The Exchange between the police officer and resident filming the detainment of an 8-year-old Black child

“What ya’ll doing?” the man asked.

“Guess! Take a guess what I’m doing,” the police officer said.

“He looks like a baby to me. I don’t know what you’re doing. So what’s going on then?” the man replied.

“He’s stealing stuff. If he breaks into your house…” another officer said before being cut off.

“Nah, man! What? He stole a bag of chips, so you gotta treat him like a cold-blooded f**king criminal?” the person filming responded in disbelief.

“Keep walking, dude. You don’t even know what you’re talking about,” one officer replied.

“I know what I just came up and seen,” the man rebutted. “I know what I just came up and seen.”

“I see you snatching him up the butt like he’s a grown-ass man – and he said it wasn’t him.”

A security camera caught the 8-year-old stealing the bag of chips from the convenience store, valued at no more than three dollars.

“If he stole some chips, I’ll pay for them. I’ll pay for them. Leave him alone. He’s a kid”, the man said assertively.

Another kid, presumably his friend, can be heard screaming: “It wasn’t even him.”

?After the eight-year-old child was placed in the police car, you could still hear him screaming in terror. ?

The Syracuse Police Department recently made a statement acknowledging the video and what took place shortly after the child was apprehended. ?

We (SPD) are aware of a video being shared on social media involving several of our officers in juveniles accused of stealing from a store on the city’s Northside. The incident, involving the officers’ actions and body-worn cameras, are being reviewed. There is some misinformation involving this case. A juvenile suspected of larceny was not placed in handcuffs. He was placed in the rear of a patrol unit, where he was directly brought home. Officers met with the child’s father, and no charges were filed.

Nevertheless, the video has been shared far and wide?across social media with plenty of disapproval from the public on how the Syracuse Police Department handled this situation. ??

One tweet read: “Oh OK. So y’all pull a child off his bike, manhandled him and placed him in a car (abduction) as he sobbed, effectively traumatizing him over an alleged death of a two dollar food item. But there were no handcuffs so it’s fine.”??

Another tweet read: hey, Syracuse Police Department — if you ever wondered why some people (though not me) are demanding we defund the police, this is why. There has to be a better way of handling this. ???

The father of the child, Anthony Weah, confirmed that the police did speak with him following the return of his son and the incident, but also that he plans to file a complaint?.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh also chimed in: “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,” the Mayor stated.

A Black Author’s Thoughts:

What could have been a teachable moment turned into a traumatizing experience for another Black child in America.

The police officers could have told the young man that they were taking him home to notify his parents of what he had done prior to detaining him in the back of the patrol car.

They could’ve done this before the 8-year-old thought he was being arrested and going to be booked in the general population with grown-*ss men.

The police should have let the parents choose the punishment for their son’s alleged actions before detaining this screaming and terrified Black child.

Lastly, placing a Black child or temporarily detaining them without their parents’ awareness is reminiscent of Black children being snatched into slavery. ?

Hence, this child and many in the Black community are equally traumatized after watching this child be placed in the back of a police car.

Nehemiah D. Frank is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Wall Street Times and a descendant of two families that survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Although his publication’s store and newsroom...

4 replies on “Black child arrested over a bag of chips by police?”

  1. Being from Syracuse and constantly seeing KIDS 10,12,14 running around lose with GUNS . Maybe this is what the kid needed . I’m so freaking sick of hearing about police vs black.
    The kid stole period . Which is a crime and the area the child was running around in where was his father ? Why was the child in that area at 8 years old ?

    Want to do some research? See how bad them streets of Syracuse have become. Maybe what the police done was a scared straight tactic? Maybe this kid will never commit another crime ? Maybe the guy on the bicycle should of stayed out of it and it would not of escalated the situation.

    I feel zero sympathy for this kid. At 8 you now right from wrong. Playing the victim when your the whole reason it happened in the first place is pathetic

    1. The sadest thing next to the fact that you can’t even write correctly is the lack of empathy and respect you are showing.

  2. Let’s not pretend that race isn’t an issue here! If this were a white child it would have been “handled” differently. Black children do not even have the benefit to be sees as such: CHILDREN! This explains why 12 year old Tamir Rice’s death was (& all other incidents involving black children) aren’t pearl clutching for many. Yet MSM wants me to get my panties in a bunch because “children are being killed in Ukrain!” Until there is equal concern & actions to protect ALL children- MMWTBS!

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