Union President John Wells, a sergeant in the Omaha Police Department, told Gawker that the term “thug” is used as a “general term on our Facebook page,” but that it could be substituted by a variety of other terms such as “abnormal, antisocial, criminal.”
Wells compared the video of the toddler to the city’s street violence, saying that “a lot of these children end up dealing with law enforcement. I’m not saying that this kid won’t grow up to be a productive member of society.”
According to Wells, the video’s creator, who is reportedly the child’s uncle, is a “local thug” but there is no confirmation as to whether he is a gang member.
In a town where the racial mixes are reportedly segregated for the most part, residents, according to Wells, tend to unfortunately disregard criminal activity, particularly if the event did not occur in their neck of the woods.