Video Said To Show Cop Threatening Middle School Students
A white police officer has been caught on camera telling black students walking outside of a Virginia middle school: 'Wait until your a**es turn 18, then you're mine.'
Cellphone video of the incident on March 28 was shared on social media by a concerned parent, sparking an internal investigation by the Richmond Police Department.
Cameron Hillard, the student who recorded the video, said she and her classmates were on their way to an after-school program at Albert Hill Middle School when the officer drove up in a patrol car.
'Somebody said a curse word to "f*** the police" - but it wasn't me or my friends,' Hillard told CBS19.
The 13-year-old said the officer then put his car in reverse and asked the group who made the comment, which they all denied.
The officer responded by telling the teens to 'man up' before remarking: 'Wait until your a**es turn 18, then you're mine' and driving off, according to Cameron.
Cellphone video shows the moment a white police officer told a group of black students walking outside of a Virginia middle school: 'Wait until your a**es turn 18, then you're mine'
Cameron showed the cellphone clip to her mother, Keisha Curry, who addressed it in a video shared on YouTube.
Curry said she initially brushed it off because it wasn't anything she hadn't experienced before, having grown up in Richmond.
'Being that I was brought up and raised in Hillside Court and the Highland Park area, I found that officers acted like that on a regular basis,' Curry said in the YouTube video.
However, the more she thought about the incident and discussed it with her daughter, the more disturbed Curry became.
The mother is now calling for the officer to be disciplined and reprimanded for his actions.
'I don't feel he needs to lose his job,' she told NBC News on Tuesday. 'He just shouldn't be patrolling the streets.'
Curry also said she would be willing to meet with the officer to discuss the incident, saying: 'A comment like that can really disturb a child at this age.'
Cameron added: 'It makes us think that some officers can be rude and not all officers are here to serve us.'
Curry and her daughter addressed the incident in a second YouTube video, in which the mother called for the officer to be disciplined and reprimanded. Cameron said the cop's comment 'makes us think that not all officers are here to serve us'
A Richmond police spokesman said the officer in the video is under investigation by the department's Internal Affairs division but did not release his name.
'The Department takes these concerns very seriously,' the spokesman said in a statement.
'The officer in the video is currently being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.'
The department did not release the officer's name but confirmed that he is white.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney also addressed the video, saying that the type of behavior exhibited by the officer will not be tolerated by the city.
'I trust that the Richmond Police Department will conduct a quick and thorough investigation and respond accordingly,' Stoney said in a statement.
'This behavior is unacceptable. It reinforces stereotypes of our communities that are hurtful and damages the relationship between our police department and the citizens they are charged to serve.'
The incident took place on March 28 outside of Albert Hill Middle School.
Date Posted: Thursday, April 4th, 2019 , Total Page Views: 371