Richmond, VA – The Richmond Police Department is investigating a verbal incident between an officer and some middle school students that was captured on video (video below).
The incident occurred on March 28 when a police officer overheard the students saying something with which he apparently disagreed, WTVR reported.
The video began just after the students made the offensive remark, but it was not captured on the film.
Police have not disclosed what it was the students said that resulted in a response from the Richmond police officer, according to WTVR.
The 25-second video began just after the officer confronted the students.
“Even if we did say it, that’s our choice of words,” a girl can be heard saying as the camera focuses on the officer in the marked Richmond police SUV.
In the video, the students continued chattering as they continued filming the police car. The tone implied they were being smart mouths although their words were unintelligible.
As the officer began to pull away, he made a remark that was captured by the video.
“Wait until your a***s turn 18, then you're mine,” the officer said.
Parents of the students were outraged by the officer’s remark to their children, WTVR reported.
They said the kids were there waiting for their after-school program to begin when the officer, driving by, overheard the kids talking and questioned something they said.
Tenesha Calloway, whose 14-year-old daughter was one of the students in the group, told WTVR she was disgusted by the officer’s actions.
"These are children,” Calloway said. “If it's a teachable moment [for the officer], do that. Don't react emotionally.”
The video, once posted, went quickly viral, and city leaders were not happy about it.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney openly criticized the police officer in the video.
"This type of behavior will not be tolerated by any employee of the City of Richmond," the mayor told WTVR. "I trust that the Richmond Police Department will conduct a quick and thorough investigation and respond accordingly.”
“This behavior is unacceptable,” he continued. “It reinforces stereotypes of our communities that are hurtful, and damages the relationship between our police department and the citizens they are charged to serve."
The police department said the investigation was ongoing, WTVR reported.
"The Richmond Police Department is aware of the video," a spokesman for the department said. "We take these concerns very seriously. The officer in the video is currently being investigated by our Internal Affairs Division. There are no further details at this time."
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: