A video of a 10 year old black boy has gone viral after he was captured on camera hiding from a passing police car in Connecticut.
According to the footage, the boy was playing basketball when he sighted a police car.
He stopped playing and hid behind a parked car nearby until the police car was out of sight.
The video was shared by his mother who says it took her some time to decide whether or not she wanted to share it.
“I was at work watching my son shoot hoops in the driveway when I caught this. It floored me…” she wrote.
She pointed out that “growing up black or brown most of the time means fearing the police vs looking up to them.”
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Debated with myself for a few days before deciding to post this. I was at work watching my son shoot hoops in the driveway when I caught this. It floored me… I’ll save the dramatics, but growing up black or brown most of the time means fearing the police vs looking up to them. I live in an affluent neighborhood in Trumbull with a really good school system. This kid has all the opportunity to do/be whatever he wants unlike many kids who look like him because resources aren’t made available. Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn’t doing anything wrong? I asked him why he did that when he got home. He replied; “because they killed George Floyd”. Stunned, I replied;ok kiddo. I didn’t know what and still don’t know what to say to him to make it better. A manager at my job told me to tell him that doing what he did is ridiculous and that I should teach him not to be fearful of police. Deep down I don’t know if it’s true, maybe staying out of the way is best. He didn’t learn this behavior at home. We stream movies so he doesn’t see the news and we don’t talk negatively about police. No need to reply in the comments, but think to yourself.. What would you say?
According to her, they live in an affluent neighborhood with a really good school system.
Her child has all the opportunities to do/be whatever he wants unlike many kids who look like him because resources aren’t made available.
However, she wonders why her son felt like he had to hide when he wasn’t doing anything wrong.
When he asked his son about the moment, she says he said it was, “because they killed George Floyd.”
In another incident, a little girl in Texas was frightened by a police officer who was passing by her during a protest.
According to news reports, the girl asked him if he was going to shoot her.
“Are you going to shoot me?” She asked.
The cop however knelt beside her, put his arm around her and told her he was there to protect her.
“We’re here to protect you okay? We’re not here to hurt you at all. You can protest, you can party, you can do whatever you want.”
Unfortunately, this is the sad reality of many black children.