A viral video of a white Cobb County police officer manhandling a 12-year-old boy at the mall has drawn outrage from people who say the cop was using excessive force.
In the clip, recorded at the Cumberland Mall, the officer can be seen roughly holding the child by the arm while the boy’s aunt records the incident and tries to intervene.
“You’re 12?” the officer is heard asking the boy. “You’re about to go to jail. You’re going to go to a youth detention center if you don’t [inaudible].”
The boy’s aunt then tries to get the officer to let go.
“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she says to the officer.
“Yup,” the officer replies.
What happens next is unclear as the camera appears to be knocked away and another altercation between the aunt and the officer occurs. When the video ends, another officer can been seen restraining the boy.
Activist Shaun King shared the video to his Instagram page and identified the boy as Corey J., a.k.a. Lil C-Note, a 12-year-old rapper and motivational speaker.
“This is @coreyjakalilcnote,” King wrote. “I used to say that these cops needed more training and better training. And listen, training is fine, but I’ve come to understand that cops know how to treat people with respect and fairness and patience.”
He continued, “When they go to rich white neighborhoods with kids that are in ALL types of trouble for rape, drugs, assault, theft, and everything else, THEY DON’T act like this. Period. And let me answer one other thing. Racist white people love to say, if Black people didn’t act up this wouldn’t happen. Bulls**t. White folk act up and act out non stop, but this type of stuff just doesn’t happen. Period. This is a little boy. He did nothing wrong.”
In an email to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Cobb County Police Department confirmed the incident occurred on Oct. 6.
“At this time, we do not have any other information to release,” a spokesperson for the department wrote.
Since the video went viral, some social media users have suggested that the officer in the video is Daniel Phillip Goduto, but that has not yet been verified.