A bystander video of police detaining a crying 8-year-old boy, allegedly for stealing a bag of chips, has prompted an internal review by police in Syracuse, New York.

One officer can be seen restraining the boy by both arms before placing him in a police vehicle in the video, which has amassed more than 5 million views on social media in only a few days. Another officer tells bystanders off-camera who are questioning their actions that the boy was caught stealing.

In a statement Tuesday, Syracuse police said the department was reviewing the officer’s actions and body-worn cameras.

Mayor Ben Walsh, who asked police to review the bodycam footage, said one of the officers involved in the incident knew the boy from prior interactions.

“When the online video was first shared with me on Monday, I was concerned,” Walsh said. “What occurred demonstrates the continuing need for the City to provide support to our children and families and to invest in alternative response options to assist our officers.”

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Police said no charges were filed against the boy, who was accused of stealing from a store on the city’s northside. He was taken home by officers, whoalso met with the child’s father, the statement said.

The boy’s father, Anthony Weah, told the Post-Standard after seeing the video that he wants to file a complaint against the officers.

“Why would the police treat that child like that?” Weah said. “Over a $3 bag of chips.”

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He told the outlet he was grateful for Kenneth Jackson, who recorded the incident. Jackson told WSTM he felt police mishandled the situation.

“I felt his terror and decided to intervene,” he said. “There’s a way that the police need to interact with kids, and what they did that day was completely unacceptable.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the video “heart wrenching” during an event in the city, CBS reported.

“I know that the mayor is working closely with the police department to get to the bottom of everything, but also make sure we do protect our children, that they’re handled in a different way when it comes to encounters with law enforcement,” she said.

Contact Breaking News Reporter N’dea Yancey-Bragg at nyanceybra@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @NdeaYanceyBragg

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