‘They traumatized that boy over a bag of chips!’: Syracuse cops are accused of ‘terrorizing’ 10-year-old boy after he was suspected of stealing from convenience store

  • Syracuse Police were seen putting a young black boy in the back of a police car after the child allegedly stole a bag of chips
  • The video was shot by a local resident who appeared incredulous at how officers were treating the boy
  • Four officers appeared to be involved in the boy’s apprehension; The youngster could be heard screaming as he tried to get away 
  • The man filming even offered to pay for the chips if police would let the child go  
  • SPD has said in a statement that it is reviewing the incident 

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Police in Syracuse, New York, were caught on camera arresting a young black boy for stealing a packet of chips.

The shocking video was caught on camera as at least four officers on the upstate force were seen dragging the 10-year-old boy, forcing him into a waiting patrol car.

The youngster appeared to be deeply traumatized by the entire incident and was crying and screaming as he had his hands placed behind his back and was frog-marched towards the waiting police car.

Syracuse Police were seen putting a young black boy in the a police car after allegedly stealing a bag of chips

Syracuse Police were seen putting a young black boy in the a police car after allegedly stealing a bag of chips

Syracuse Police were seen putting a young black boy in the a police car after allegedly stealing a bag of chips

The person filming the arrest could not believe what he was witnessing and screamed at officers to let the little boy go. 

‘What ya’ll doing?’ the man asked.

‘Guess! Take a guess what i’m doing!’ the police officer responded.

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

‘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. 

The video was shot by a local resident who appeared incredulous at how officers were treating the boy who was in tears as he was frogmarched towards a waiting patrol car

The video was shot by a local resident who appeared incredulous at how officers were treating the boy who was in tears as he was frogmarched towards a waiting patrol car

The video was shot by a local resident who appeared incredulous at how officers were treating the boy who was in tears as he was frogmarched towards a waiting patrol car

Officers responded rudely to the inquiring resident essentially telling him to mind his own business and let police do their job. 

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

‘I know what I just came up and see!’ the man behind the camera stated. ‘I know what I just came up and see!’

He asked what the youngster had done and upon being told he had stolen a snack even offered to pay for the item if it meant officers would him go. 

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

‘If he stole some chips, I’ll pay for them. I’ll pay for them! Leave him alone! He’s a kid!’, the man demanded. 

The video ends with the child crying hysterically as he sits in the back of a police car. 

The youngster could be heard screaming as he tried to get away while sitting in the patrol car

The youngster could be heard screaming as he tried to get away while sitting in the patrol car

The youngster could be heard screaming as he tried to get away while sitting in the patrol car

The entire incident has also sparked a furious reaction online with many social media users outraged about heavy-handed response by police on the young child.

‘They traumatized that little boy over a bag of chips? Unbelievable,’ wrote Jeanne Boudreau.

‘Talk it over with him, take him to his parents, and have some ****ing compassion…’ wrote another user.

‘Not saying there shouldn’t be any consequences but when people steal food it’s because they’re hungry. Feed him and address the stealing a different way than putting him in cuffs smh,’ added another.

Officers responded rudely to the inquiring resident essentially telling him to mind his own business and let police do their job

Officers responded rudely to the inquiring resident essentially telling him to mind his own business and let police do their job

Officers responded rudely to the inquiring resident essentially telling him to mind his own business and let police do their job

The entire incident has also sparked a furious reaction online with many social media users outraged about heavy-handed response by police on the young child

The entire incident has also sparked a furious reaction online with many social media users outraged about heavy-handed response by police on the young child

The entire incident has also sparked a furious reaction online with many social media users outraged about heavy-handed response by police on the young child

The incident is now under investigation by the Syracuse police Department who released a statement on the matter.

‘We are aware of a video being shared on social media involving several of our Officers and juveniles accused of stealing from a store on the City’s northside. The incident, including the Officers’ actions and body-worn cameras, are being reviewed. 

‘There is some misinformation involving this case. The 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.’ 

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