'Swearing Toddler' Can Stay With Mom: Judge

ACLU cites racism in police handling of case
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 8:54 AM CST
'Swearing Toddler' Can Stay With Mom: Judge
A screen grab from Facebook video of the toddler, via CNN.   (Facebook/CNN video)

A toddler who attracted national attention for his swearing in an online video will stay with his mom—at 17, also a minor—after both were placed in custody. The two will be cared for in the same foster home, CNN reports, following an Omaha juvenile court judge’s ruling. Meanwhile, the city’s police union is explaining its decision to post the video, which it titled “Thug Cycle,” online. The ACLU was among those criticizing the Omaha Police Officers Association for what it called “racially charged language.”

“The focus of this video is not on any one ethnicity, rather the focus is on the terrible behavior directed towards this child,” said Association president Sgt. John Wells, noting that the video referenced drugs and gangs. “We believed this to be a strong example that demonstrates to law-abiding citizens of Omaha a true picture of the violent criminal culture,” Wells said, per KETV. “We felt it is critically important that citizens see these types of behavior to fully understand the depth of the problem.” (More child safety stories.)

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