A video of a 2-year-old Florida girl has raised eyebrows from the public.
Initially, it showed the toddler walking barefoot towards the police as if she were still learning to stand and walk without anyone helping her.
It also cast the Tallahassee Police Department in a bad light because it appeared they were pointing their guns at an innocent little girl.
But another video, which came from a police officer’s body camera, told a different story.
It seemed like the kid actually put her hands up and walked towards the police to surrender, just as her father was arrested for stealing from a store.
Tallahassee police officers received a report of the theft Thursday afternoon.
They stopped a truck, suspecting the gunman was driving it.
As police made the arrest, the father could be heard on the body camera video telling them that he had his children with him.
When police searched the truck, they found two children, a one-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.
However, during the arrest, the little girl got out and left the truck to go to the police and she had her hands up the whole time.
When traffic stopped for the arrest, passers-by were also able to pick up the toddler, who was walking with his hands raised.
Some of the videos of the passers-by went viral.
One of them showed police pointing a gun at the little girl until she was standing next to an officer.
Netizens were naturally upset by the footage because it portrayed the cops as indifferent and threatened the little girl’s life.
But the Tallahassee Police Department released another video showing a different angle.
Police Chief Michael DeLeo confirmed in a post on Facebook that they did not expect the little girl to climb out of the truck and approach one of the officers.
In said body camera video, an officer could be heard comforting the child by saying she would be fine.
The police officer also told the 2-year-old that she could lower her hands because she was fine and would not be arrested.
DeLeo said in his statement that in a very tense situation, his men showed compassion for the child.
The police chief also said he was proud of the way his men got their jobs done.
Meanwhile, the little girl’s brother stayed in the truck while strapped into the car seat.
A gun was lying next to him, but police said the gun, although it appeared real, was only an air pistol.
The children’s mother later took them home after police pressed charges against the father and another man.
Chad M. Bom and his companion James W. McMullen were charged with theft and shoplifting.
Clerks at a Bealls outlet near Capital Circle Northeast said the two men had guns on their waistbands while they robbed the store.
https://news.detroitdailynews.com/2022/12/20/florida-toddler-approaches-police-while-holding-up-his-hands-as-dad-is-arrested/ A Florida toddler approaches police while holding his hands up as his father is arrested