Video footage has emerged of two Minneapolis police officers being punched and sworn at by a young child in what many are calling heartbreaking.
A child dressed in only underwear approached the police officers while they were there to arrest a murder suspect. Another child behind him was dressed only in a diaper. The first child proceeded to call one officer a “B–ch” and told him to “Shut the f–k up.”
The child got close enough to punch one of the officers multiple times while screaming “Shut up, B–ch,” and insulting the other officer near him.
The clip, which was released by Alpha News, is about 30 seconds of two minutes of footage in which the same children can be seen throwing rocks at the police officers, bystanders cheering on the children and one of the cops being referred to as an “Oreo head,” a slur for when a black person acts white.
Sheila Qualls, who wrote an opinion piece through Alpha News on the footage, called the footage “disgraceful. Heartbreaking.”
“It is a foreshadowing of poverty, prison, and even death,” Qualls wrote. “It tells the story of children — who through no fault of their own — have been corrupted and abandoned by a system that places no value on the traditional nuclear family.”
“The behavior of these children is eerily similar to the behaviors of rioters who burned and looted Minneapolis two years ago.” she continued, referring to the riots which were tied to the murder of George Floyd.
“What’s the product of grooming children to disrespect police officers and other forms of authority?” Qualls asked. “We are essentially training them to disregard societal norms of behavior and hindering them from achieving success in life. In short, we’re cultivating future criminals.”
Qualls calls on the black community to “stop blaming and start taking ownership. After 50-years of watching the degradation of the black family, it’s time for our leaders to act on the singular issue of fatherless homes. It is time to stop accepting this is as normative behavior and a way of life.”
“It is unsettling to law enforcement officers who encounter this behavior daily,” Qualls continued. “It should be frightening to all of us. It should be embarrassing to leaders who have failed to lead a community toward virtue and morality.
“We can do better, and we must. Let’s stop playing politics with our children’s lives. I do not believe this is what civil rights leaders wanted for the future of the black community. These children and our country deserve better.”
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