Disturbing footage has been released online that sees a group of young children kicking, hitting and swearing at the police in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The footage was recorded last week while the police were at a home to serve a search warrant in the hunt for a murder suspect.
The kids, many of whom are so young that they’re still wearing diapers, could be seen physically punching the thighs of one of the cops.
‘F*** off b****!’ one child repeats several times before slapping the officer and then crouching down in anger.
Police officers with St. Paul police could only look on as they were abused by small children in the street
Footage has been released that was shot on the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota that sees young children hitting and cursing at police officers
The cops were on site in order to conduct a search warrant for a murder suspect
One bystander can be heard encouraging the children saying the term ‘Oreo head,’ a direct reference to a black police officer who was also at the scene.
The children continued to pummel the police with their tiny fists while the officers could be seen trying to calm them down. The cops could be seen reaching out but the youngsters continued to lunge and hit them.
The officers all managed to show restraint against the toddlers who were easily kept at bay.
‘Children who can’t read or cross the street unattended hurled profanities and unabashed disrespect at law enforcement officers,’ wrote Sheila Qualls at Alpha News a news website that claims to report stories ‘mainstream media all too often refuses to report and routinely disregards. ‘
They cursed, berated, and struck police officers with their fists. This video is disgraceful. Heartbreaking. It is unsettling to law enforcement officers who encounter this behavior daily. It should be frightening to all of us. It should be embarrassing to leaders who have failed to lead a community towards virtue and morality,’ Qualls wrote.
‘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.’
Earlier this year, the way St. Paul officers deal with children came under scrutiny after officers with nearby Maplewood force handcuffed four juveniles, including a 10-year-old, as they investigated an incident for which the children were later cleared.
Maplewood Police Lt. Joe Steiner said that two 12-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old were handcuffed for about 20 minutes and released.
Kids punched, kicked, cursed, and threw rocks at the police and appeared to be encouraged by bystanders
The children were easily fended off by the officers who showed restraint
The video went viral on Twitter with many users shocked by what they had witnessed.
‘These are not parents, this child has so much violence and hate that I don’t think he has ever had a person read to him, cook him a meal that he can rely on daily. Give him a hug daily. He has only seen ugliness & can’t imagine how he is spoken to & beaten daily this he knows,’ tweeted Kristiana C.
‘So much anger. That’s not normal for a child. Also not normal-out on the street, unsupervised, in their underwear. Neglected, abused, and totally bereft of hope. Why are we, as a culture, accepting this? And how do we turn it around? NO child should live like this,’ added Rochelle Wentz.
“I would have been in big trouble with my father if I acted that way,” shared Charlie Theriault.
‘No discipline turns people into animals. It’s discipline that makes us less like beasts, and more like angels,’ added another user.
This is definitely learned hate. And the language is abhorrent, it is not cute or funny. If they have no respect for authority then they will probably have no respect for teachers either,’ wrote another Twitter user.
The video went viral on Twitter with many users shocked by what they had witnessed
One little boy could be seen hitting the police officer as they walked away
One youngster crouched down on the ground to vent his anger at the police officers
Some of the children who were present could be seen to be young enough to be wearing diapers
Crime has been on the rise in Minneapolis and St. Paul suburbs over the last two years.
The number of murders in Minnesota increased an alarming 58 percent in 2020 and set a new record, after the state became the epicenter of demands to ‘defund’ the police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, new data show.
In 2020, 185 people were murdered across the state, marking an all-time high and sharp increase from 117 the previous year, according to the state’s Uniform Crime Report.
‘A large number of crimes can be a one-person crime wave, particularly in a suburban area with a relatively small population,’ Chris Uggen, a professor and criminologist at the University of Minnesota told the Star Tribune.
‘The numbers then go up, and the fear goes up, but it can still be a relatively small number of people who are actually doing the activities.’
A protester marching with defund the police sign in summer 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Members of the Minnesota State Patrol stand guard with batons in hand during a demonstration on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul in June 2020
Violent crimes have surged in the Twin Cities with a record 135 homicides in 2021. It compares with 22 in 2019
While the suburbs did not see an increase in violent crimes, almost all saw increases in property crimes including thefts.
Crime began noticeably increasing in 2020 with a summer of riots and protests.
Minneapolis was at the epicenter of the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd who was killed during an interaction with the city police.
‘You have the unrest, you have the pandemic, you have the death of George Floyd, next year you have the death of Daunte Wright,’ said Star Tribune data journalist Jeff Hargarten explained.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the St. Paul police force for comment on the interaction with the children.
The number of murders in Minnesota increased an alarming 58 percent last year in 2020
Overall crime in Saint Paul rose 15 percent according to annual statistics