SYRACUSE, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday commented on a video that is now under internal police review.
It shows a tearful 8-year-old boy being driven to a police cruiser in Syracuse on Sunday.
The man recording the video claims the child was arrested for stealing a bag of crisps.
Police said the boy was not handcuffed but was taken home, where officers spoke with his father.
“As a mother, it was a heartbreaking video to watch. A crying child, pulled by the police, placed in the back of a police cruiser, on top of a bag of crisps, at least c is what the evidence says right now,” Hochul said at an unrelated event in the city. “I know the mayor is working very closely with the police department to get to the bottom of this, but also make sure that we protect our children, that they are treated in a different way when it comes to meetings with law enforcement.
Watch: Governor Kathy Hochul comments on video of Syracuse police detaining 8-year-old boy
The mayor of Syracuse confirmed that officers knew the child from prior interactions.
“You can’t treat him like that because of a bag of chips, like he killed someone. He’s not a criminal,” said Anthony Weah, the child’s father. “They did it to my child, tomorrow they will do the same to another child.”
Authorities are reviewing body camera video of the three officers and a nearby surveillance camera.