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Cursing toddler video: Police under fire for posting disturbing video online

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Teaching a toddler to curse and capturing it on a video to post on YouTube is what got a Omaha, Nebraska family split up by authorities this week. The vile words these adults were teaching this child would make your toes curl. Not only was the toddler taken out of the house by child welfare authorities, but the authorities also took three of the other children living in the home, according to ABC News on Jan. 9.

Police report that four children were removed from an Omaha, Nebraska home after a video surfaced showing adults trying to get an African-American toddler in diapers to repeat the vile words they are tossing at him. In this disturbing video the toddler decides to use some of his own obscenities and racial slurs and at one point he sticks up his middle finger.

While it was decided that no criminal activities had taken place after police asked prosecutors review the video, it was the child welfare folks that were hit up next. Police worked with Child Protective Services in Nebraska around the toddler’s well-being. The investigation found some safety concerns that they acted on by removing all four kids from the home.

The video was posted on a local gang-members Facebook page. The video is not linked to many of the articles reporting on this story today because of the offensive content. While the media felt the video was too offensive to link to, the Police Officers Association apparently didn’t and posted the video for the public to view.

Willie Hamilton, executive director of Black Men United in Omaha said:

"It's almost like the kid was abused twice: once by the people in the video and once by the police officers association."

Sgt. John Wells, president of the Omaha Police Officers Association explained why they posted the video:

"The whole point of this is to give an unfiltered view of what police officers deal with every day."

This excuse from the police union is ludicrous. Does this mean police should post the gore and disturbing videos they take of murder scenes to educate the public on how hard they work? This was a lack of good judgement on the part of the authorities to perpetuate this vile video by posting it for the public to view.

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