A Virginia mom said a police officer crossed the line when he responded to “f*** the police” being yelled outside of a school as he drove by.
Keisha Curry said her 13-year-old daughter, Cameron Hilliard, was outside of Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond with her friends when a child, who they weren’t with, screamed the obscenity at police.
In a video that has since gone viral, the officer, who has not been identified, asked Cameron and her friends who made the remark and Cameron’s friend said it wasn’t them.
“Even if we did say it, that’s our choice of words,” one of her friends is heard telling the officer.
The officer then remarked, "Wait until your a**es turn 18, then you're mine,” and drove off in his patrol car. The kids then screamed out of shock.
“I don’t think patrolling the streets with that attitude is best,” Curry told InsideEdition.com of the incident. “He needed to be the adult in that situation. He was being disrespectful.”
The video has been viewed at least 50,000 times on Facebook since it was posted last week. The mother of another student, who was with Cameron, also commented about the situation on her page.
“I am disgusted and disappointed but not surprised that a white male officer would make a threat and use that tone or language toward a group of children,” Tenesha Calloway wrote. “My child and her friends have to walk to their after-school program and knowing that the police are making idle threats to them is unsettling.”
Calloway told the school about the incident and filed a police report, according to Curry.
Richmond Police stated that they are conducting an internal investigation and they “take these concerns very seriously," according to The Washington Post.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney also commented about the incident in a statement, saying the behavior the officer showed “will not be tolerated” by any employee of the city.
“This behavior is unacceptable,” Stoney wrote. “It reinforces stereotypes of our communities that are hurtful and damages the relationship between the police department and the citizens they are charged to serve.”
Curry said she has forgiven the officer for his actions, although she doesn’t know who he is, and hopes he learns from the situation.
“I don’t think the situation should go unpunished, but I don’t think he should be without a job.”