HOUSTON – One minute and 23 seconds…That is all it took to shame a generation.  The Omaha Police Officers Association posted on their website, in their words, a “heartbreaking video” that shows “the thug cycle continuing.”

What you see is jaw-dropping footage of a diapered toddler – who is barely able to form audible complete sentences – but is being led by a room full of adults coaxing him to spew profanities that I still can’t verbalize in front of my mother.  They even asked the boy to “rep his hood,” which is a clear path to gang life.

Baby boy is also shown shooting the middle finger – and is good at it – while clearly saying “shut up bitch” to someone in the background. 

But did they need to post it?  That is the million dollar – or millions of page views – question.  ABSOLUTELY!  I don’t believe that it was to shame the black community, I believe it was to shame the parents or caretakers of this innocent child –who will not be innocent for long – if he continues to be subjected to this type of upbringing.

The police were alerted to this behavior after the adults posted the footage – themselves – on social media!  Now, since the authorities got involved, the little boy has been taken into protective custody and his parents will hopefully receive the child care counseling they desperately need. 

Sgt. John Wells, president of The Omaha Police Officers Association, said the video was “disturbing” and “offensive.”  The union drew criticism from people saying they were intentionally trying to put a negative light on the African American community.  The union says that definitely was not the case.

“The focus here isn’t on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior towards this child,” Wells said. “This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy.”

The association felt posting the video would help others in the future.

“We here at OmahaPOA.com viewed the video and we knew that despite the fact that it is sickening, heartbreaking footage, we have an obligation to share it to continue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in,” Wells said.  “Now while we didn’t see anything in this video that is blatantly ‘illegal,’ we sure did see a lot that is flat out immoral and completely unhealthy for this little child from a healthy upbringing standpoint.”

Working in the news, I have seen parents –white and black – come under fire after video was leaked of their babies being taught despicable behavior – from everything to smoking bongs to cursing like a sailor.  I totally don’t want this child to be in any type of foster system, I hope he is in the care of a loving family member who can provide him stability until this all clears up. 

God Bless Our Children.