VIDEO: Outrage Over Toddler Surrendering To Officers, But Bodycam Shows Truth

Police bodycam videos dispelled rumors that officers had pointed weapons at a small child and made her put her hands up.

Tallahassee, FL – A cell phone video of a toddler mimicking her parents, walking with her hands up toward police officers, prompted the Tallahassee Police Department to release bodycam videos from the scene that showed the entire family being treated with compassion (video below).

The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 when security at a Bealls store called police to report shoplifting suspects, one of whom they believed had a gun in his waistband, according to a statement by Tallahassee police on their official Facebook page.

The security officer gave police a description of the suspects and their vehicle, and officers were able to stop the suspect truck in the parking lot of the store.

A witness in a car parked across the street filmed part of the stop and narrated it with incorrect information.

The video showed a man getting out of the truck with his hands up, and walking toward a police officer.

In the video, other officers can be seen holding rifles pointed in the direction of the suspect truck, but nobody appeared to be pointing a gun at the man getting out of the truck.

Then the video showed a toddler getting out of a truck on her own, and then making her way toward the police officers with her hands up in the air.

The women making the video assumed the officers had ordered the little girl to put her hands up, and one of them also erroneously reported that the officers were pointing guns at the toddler.

“One of them holding at gun at the baby,” one of the women said in the video.

“They’re telling the baby to turn around,” the other woman said.

“They’re still holding the gun at the baby,” the first woman said.

The second woman corrected her and said they were holding the gun on the truck because there were still people in it.

The video was posted to social media and rapidly went viral, with many people outraged at the police department’s treatment of a tiny child.

However, police bodycam video of the actual incident showed the police officers were tender and compassionate with the children, and never pointed any guns at them.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo appeared on a video that included both the cell phone video of the incident and bodycam video from officers.

“The videos show the human side of the officers as they interact with the children,” Chief DeLeo said, pointing out the concern they showed for the children and their mother, even though she was a suspect at that time. “I am proud of how officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children, the level of concern and compassion they showed to the family.”

Bodycam video showed an officer instructing the toddler’s father to get out of the truck and walk towards him with his hands up.

The man complied, and told the officer that there were no more adults in the truck, just his two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

As the officer handcuffed him, he discussed with another officer what to do with the woman they had already taken out of the truck.

“Let’s let her go for now, and let her deal with the kids,” the officer instructed.

At that point, the officer noticed the little girl making her way to him with her hands up in the air.

“Hey c’mon sweetie, you’re okay. You’re okay, come here,” the officer talked to the toddler in a friendly voice.

“Mommy’s right there, go to mommy,” the officer urged. “She’s right there, can you see her?”

The man in handcuffs asked if he could help, and the officer gave him permission.

So the little girl’s father called her to him.

“Sweetie, put your hands down, you’re fine. Go to mommy,” the officer said in the video.

Once the little girl was secured in her mother’s arms, officers approached the truck to remove the baby boy from the car seat in back.

The video showed the officers let the mother take him out of his car seat, and that they held the little girl for her while she did so.

All of the officers used soft voices with the children and spoke gently to them, the video showed.

At no time did the video show any of the officers pointing a weapon at a child or treating a child as a threat.

A pellet gun was found in the backseat of the truck.

Chad Bom, 34, and James McMullen, 38, were both arrested and charged with second-degree theft, according to the police statement.

“This video footage captures the compassion demonstrated by our TPD officers during an intense situation,” Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey said. “I’m very proud of their actions and appreciative of the work these men and women do each day to keep our community safe.”

Watch the cell phone video and bodycam videos here below:

Comments (34)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

People should be way more concerned about these parents committing crimes with their children present. Instead they act as if the police officers did something wrong. I swear social media will contribute to the death of this nation.

kittyboo
kittyboo

People are just plain ignorant, always saying things that don't add up after seeing the video.

JBo
JBo

Too many snowflakes in this country and too many people willing to believe anything put on the internet with out waiting for the investigation to complete. It's a rush to judgment and they gotta be the first person to be outraged about something even if it's BS.

The United States of the Easily Offended.

NanaBinTX
NanaBinTX

God Love those babies....why are people not worried about how they are being raised? And for goodness sakes...clean out the crap in your truck!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

When a 2 year old little girl exits a truck with hands raised you KNOW this isn't the first time she's seen her parents stopped/arrested. Those little ones don't have a prayer unless they're given to a DECENT relative to raise. My heart goes out to the little kids. Sick " parents "

MSK
MSK

Honestly. Do you really have to see a video to know that the police aren’t going to point a weapon at a two year old??? OMG. There really are some dumb people in this country.

Bilger11
Bilger11

“Mike you got kids, I don’t know how to do this get over here”...I laughed when he said that. Typical police officers....kind and compassionate, like they’re supposed to be. I knew the story was false when I read the headlines!

Meganzack
Meganzack

Am I the only one who didn't see a carseat for the 2 year old?

Beebop42
Beebop42

Am I the only one who sees the person in the rearview mirror who is trying to stir up trouble for the police? Their both idiots.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

I'm tired of "viral videos' aimed at twisting the truth and showing LE in an unflattering light. Shame on the poster. LE needs to embrace bodycams.

IamFubar
IamFubar

They just can't understand anything other than the hate in their own hearts.

DRoberts
DRoberts

People need to stop with the cell phone videos. They think theyre,some kind of reporter.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

The first sign I smell bullshit these days is when someone is "outraged" at something.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Easy fix. Officers involved and employee groups need to start filing civil suits on these people or organizations for their slander and libel remarks. They’d sue you in a heartbeat!

Cookie40
Cookie40

The 2 idiots that posted the half baked video should be arrested for trying to start a riot. The little girl was just in a booster seat. Damn...

Bigg59
Bigg59

This is becoming an everyday thing. Someone is outraged over what our Law-Enforcement Officers are doing. It's ridicules wait for the facts instead of going off the deep end. There is always two sides to every story

Bigg59
Bigg59

I agree with you 100%

Gary4206
Gary4206

How is it that a 2 year old knows how to comply with police yet BLM supporters can’t figure this out.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Idiots that feel the need to video the police should be held responsible for the lies they record with the video. These officers did a fantastic job. Koodos to them.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Shame on the people who were doing this video and trying to narrate a false impression of what was going on. These wanna be sleuths are more trouble than they are worth. They love to lie and do whatever they can to cause trouble.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

The poster of the video appears to be a black woman, so i would expect nothing good to come from her narrative, future BLM member. Congratulations for excellent interaction with the family. Not so sure it was a great idea to let the woman back into the truck with an unknown weapon still not secured???

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Ignorant people narrating something that isn’t even their business. Now it’s sad that they just happened to be a people who appears to be 2 black females. That’s just makes them 2, and others alike very stupid. Saying stupid things like “ooh they holdin the gun at the baby”, “they still holdin the gun at the baby”. Bitch, I didn’t see anyone pointing a gun at the child, no officer in his/her right mind would do that. Additionally you weren’t trained as a law enforcement officer and definately do not know their procedures. Stop trying to create drama where there isn’t any. Maybe find a job or do something productive for society’s sake

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

The ridiculousness of these people is sickening! Why are these parents putting a 2 year-old in a booster seat? Why is there any type of gun between the children? There's so much wrong but not with the officers! Thank you chief for putting these idiots in their place with body cam footage and an explanation. Good job officers!

Caprice56
Caprice56

Once again, stupid people decide to video an incident that they know nothing about, and like MSM, put their own hateful spin. How about showing the video without commentary? No? Because like MSM you don’t care about the truth, just being the first! Shame on you.

Citizenjane
Citizenjane

There is no reality, only perception. Perhaps the women who were videoing the incident “saw” the guns pointing at the child, because in their lives it wouldn’t out of the ordinary.

KPOWROCKS
KPOWROCKS

If the child was properly in a carseat it would not have exited the car, and why did it know to raise its hands, not the first time ?

Jack17
Jack17

Officers should start sueing people and "News" outlets for these fake stories.

Achmsons
Achmsons

Nice job by officers. This video needs to be shown to people on how to behave during a vehicle stop. This could have turned out very ugly if mom or dad would have come out waving that pellet gun. Although these parent are thieves they care about their kids.