‘I felt his terror..: Viral Video Shows Syracuse Cops Detain 8-Year-Old Child Over a Bag of Chips

Viral Video Shows Syracuse Cops Handcuff 8-Year-Old Child Over a Bag of Doritos Chips
'I felt his terror...: Viral Video Shows Syracuse Cops Detain 8-Year-Old Child Over a Bag of Chips (Images: Screenshot/YouTube/NewYorkPost)

A bystander video of Syracuse police detaining a crying 8-year-old boy for allegedly stealing a bag of doritos has prompted an internal investigation.

In the video, which has received over 5 million views on multiple social media networks in just a few days, one officer can be seen restraining the boy by both arms before placing him in a cop car. Off-camera, another officer notifies onlookers who are questioning their course of action that the boy has been caught stealing.

Syracuse police said in a statement Tuesday that the department was assessing the actions of the police and body-worn cams.

Mayor Ben Walsh, who requested that the bodycam footage be reviewed, stated that one of the officers involved in the investigation knew the child from past encounters.

When the online video was first shared with me on Monday, I was concerned,” Walsh said. “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 boy was suspected of stealing from a store on the city’s northside, but no charges have been filed against him, according to authorities. Officers took him home and met with the child’s father, according to the statement.

Upon seeing the video, the boy’s father, Anthony Weah, informed the Post-Standard that he intends to file a formal complaint against the officers.

Kenneth Jackson, who recorded the incident, he thanked, he told the outlet. Jackson told WSTM that he believes the police handled the situation incorrectly.

“I felt his terror and decided to intervene,” he said. “There’s a way that the police need to interact with kids, and what they did that day was completely unacceptable.”

During an event in the city, New York Governor Kathy Hochul described the video as “heart wrenching,” according to CBS.

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