A swearing toddler was removed from his family's home and placed in protective custody. The Nebraska toddler received national attention after appearing in a home video which was eventually posted online. Throughout the video, several adults can be heard cursing and encouraging the child to use inappropriate language.
The video was presented by Omaha Police Officers' Association in an attempt to bring attention to a "cycle of violence and thuggery." Union president Sargent John Wells said the child's "behavior is going to potentially lead [him] down a path that is completely unhealthy."
Although the video was meant to raise awareness, the union is being criticized for targeting minorities. Black Men United president Willie Hamilton said the union "crossed a line." Hamilton said the video was taken out of context, and the child was far to young to understand what he was hearing and saying.
Becki Brenner, Executive Director of the Nebraska ACLU, said the video did more harm than good. She said the "incident has done nothing but further erode community trust."
As reported by CNN, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said the views of the union do not reflect those of his agency. He further stated that he "strongly disagrees" with anything that impedes a good relationship between law enforcement and the community.
Authorities now report that the swearing toddler and four other children were removed from the home. Although there was no criminal activity displayed in the video, Nebraska Child Protective Services said there are "safety concerns in the home."
Fox News reports that the video was reviewed by Omaha prosecutors, who did not detect any criminal behavior or physical abuse. Authorities have not released any details about why the swearing toddler was removed from the home or how they plan to proceed with the situation.
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