A viral video shows the moment when two Tampa police officers forcibly separated an emotionally disturbed mother from her 5 children.
The incident occurred on Saturday, June 27, on a downtown Tampa street. The woman and her 5 barefoot children were forcibly separated by the police as she clung to a toddler.
One of the officers held the woman against a fence as the other officer held another toddler while preventing the woman's sons from snatching their sister.
A bystander recorded a video that went viral on social media over the weekend. The Tampa police addressed the incident in a tweet.
"This afternoon around 12:40 p.m. near Ashley Dr. and Tyler St. in downtown Tampa, The Tampa Police Department responded to a call of a mother, in apparent distress walking in the street with her 5 children barefoot. One of our officers approached the mother offering to help,” the department tweeted.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the mother was putting her barefoot children at risk.
"Officers intervened when the mother attempted to walk on the interstate out of concern for the safety of her and her children. Officers attempted to detain the mother for her safety after her repeated attempts to enter the interstate. While doing so, the children were not wanting to be separated from their mother. Officers were trying to prevent the children from being harmed while trying to detain the mother."
The mother was not arrested. She was transported to a hospital to undergo a psychological evaluation. The children were also taken to the hospital to be with their mother.
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