A cellphone video of a police officer in Richmond, Virginia, telling black students outside of a city middle school last week, “Wait until your asses turn 18, then you’re mine,” has sparked an investigation.
A spokesman for the Richmond Police Department told NBC News on Tuesday it is aware of the video that has been shared on social media.
“The Department takes these concerns very seriously,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The officer in the video is currently being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.”
The department did not identify the officer but said he is white.
Student Cameron Hillard, who recorded the video on March 28 outside of Albert Hill Middle School, and her mother, Keisha Curry, addressed the incident in a video posted to YouTube.
Cameron, 13, said she was among a group of students walking to an after-school program when the officer drove up in a patrol car.
The eighth-grader said she heard someone say “f— the police,” but she said it was not her or her friends. Cameron said the officer told the group to “man up,” and she did not understand why. He then said: “Wait until your asses turn 18, then you’re mine,” before driving off.
SOURCE: Janelle Griffith, NBC News