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Omaha police union accused of being racist for 'Thug Cycle' video of toddler

Toddler prompted by adults in very vulgar video
Toddler prompted by adults in very vulgar video

The Omaha Police Association (OPOA) is receiving serious backlash after posting a video on it's website of an African American toddler being prompted by two adults to use extreme profanity as an example of "The Thug Cycle" as News One reported on Jan. 7, 2014.

"We knew that despite the fact that it is sickening, heartbreaking footage, we have an obligation to share it to continue to educate law-abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in." - OPOA website

The two adults speaking in the video, a male and female, are cursing at each other and then encourage the toddler to repeat what they say. The vulgarity and swearing is quite unsettling, as it is language that most grown adults would never use. The toddler also flips off the man filming him.

"You a hoe b***h," says the toddler.

See the "Thug Cycle" video here. Be warned that the video includes sexual discussions, gang discussions, and strong profane language. This video is not appropriate for work and should not be viewed around children.

The OPOA says while nothing seen in the video is illegal, it is "immoral and completely unhealthy." The video has also been turned over to the Omaha Police Department's Youth Services Division to be reviewed.

Others feel the video is racist and and singles out young African American males. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska found the "racially charged language" used in the OMOA's post to be very disconcerting.

Willie Hamilton, executive director of Black Men United in Omaha said this is not the first time the OMOA has posted questionable content and it should not be allowed to post a video of this nature.

"If the police chief is trying to amend the broken relationship with our community, he needs to say, 'On my watch, I will not allow this kind of behavior,'" said Hamilton. "Maybe we should look at how much control the police union has. They shouldn't be able to use the website as a shield to post these nasty things."

As you can imagine, the public on social media sites are having a field day with this. The OPOA has received harsh criticism, but is also receiving support for sharing "The Thug Cycle" video.

"Inconceivable, but important to see. This is how Al-Qaeda grooms toddlers to grow up to be terrorist. This is how the KKK grooms toddlers to grow up as murderous racist. This is what Hitler envisioned for all young German children to be good Nazi adults. We need to see this in all of it's horror," wrote one supporter on the OPOA website.

The video was originally posted on the Facebook page of the man who filmed it. Was the OPOA wrong for sharing this video? Is the video racist for using the word "thug" in a video with African Americans or is this just another reason for people to play the race card?

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