Four children have been removed from an Omaha home after a video went public that showcased a toddler being encouraged to curse and use obscene gestures.
The Omaha Police Officers Association first posted the video on its website, sparking an investigation by the Omaha Police Department Child Victim Unit.
The video shows a toddler, wearing only a diaper, being encouraged to swear and use obscene gestures after a chair is knocked over. At least three adults can be heard encouraging the child to curse and use obscene gestures, pleased when the child did so. The Omaha Police Officers Association claims it found the video on the Facebook page of a known gang member. The association states it reposted the video on its website to show “the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in.”
Investigators were able to identify the toddler seen in the video and parties heard in the background. The video was reviewed with the City of Omaha Prosecutor’s Office and it was determined that no criminal activities had taken place.
The Child Victim Unit coordinated with Child Protective Services regarding concerns for the well-being of the identified toddler and other children believed to be in the home. The joint investigation found safety concerns and four children, including the toddler seen in the video, were removed from the home.
The Omaha Police Department has distanced itself from the posting of the video. Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released a statement that the department had nothing to do with the posting of the video and that it has no control over what is posted on the Association’s website.
The Police Officers Association apparently pulled the video after it went viral and became controversial. Several versions purporting to be the video have been posted on YouTube.