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Police group criticized after posting video of toddler being sworn at in 'Thug Cycle'

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An image from the video. (Source: CNN) An image from the video. (Source: CNN)
OMAHA -

A police union has landed in trouble after they posted video of a toddler swearing in a video called "Thug Cycle".

The video shows a toddler wearing a diaper, bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him... then coached to respond with profanity.

The video shows a young child -- perhaps 2- or 3-years-old -- in a disturbing, profane war of words with at least three adults.

They seem irritated over a chair that the young child appears to push over.

The video was posted on the website of the Omaha Nebraska Police Officers Association, which says "...we have an obligation to share it to continue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in."

The video and its response crashed the website for the police group, but it is now up and running.

NOTE: This story contains explicit words and phrases. Do not scroll down and read further unless you use discretion.

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The video starts with the toddler pushing over a chair.

And the cursing immediately starts:

"You a bitch, n---a."

"You a bitch, n---a. You throwin' a fit right now, little n---a?"

"Better pick this chair up a--hole"

"F--- you. F--- you."

"You ain't talking that s--t now n---a."

The child then flips his middle finger at the camera.

The toddler, whose face was shown in the original video but WBTW has obscured, exchanges at least 35 swear words with the adults in the 1 minutes 23-second video.

They discuss sexual matters, even apparent gang affiliations.

"Show what hood you from, blood."

"Say n---a, I'm from deuce nine, n---a."

"What hood you from?"

The police association has defended posting the video.

"When you see a child being treated like this, who can't really defend themselves, an innocent child... Unfortunately though, it's something, as police officers, we see that is all too common," the group said on its website.

But some commenters on the police union's website objected to what some saw as racial overtones in posting the video.

"This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy. It has nothing to do with race or ethnicity," the police group said.

Omaha's Chief Of Police released a statement saying the department has no control over the content of the police union's website, and the chief "...strongly disagree[s] with any postings that may cause a divide in our community."

-- From CNN

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