Shocking video shows a barefoot toddler walking towards armed Florida cops with her hands up in the air during an arrest. "Oh, my God! She's trying to get out, but she can't because she's little", and "Ooh, she's holding her hands up". Oh my God, look at that.
Two of the suspects, Chad M. Bom and James W. McMullen, were later charged with the theft.
When officers pulled the auto overthey believed the suspects may have been armed, but police later confirmed the weapon was a pellet gun.
The startling video shows several officers with their guns raised towards a black pick up as a man walks towards them arms raised and another man static with his arms raised.
The town's mayor, John Dailey, praised the police, saying: "This video footage captures the compassion demonstrated by our TPD officers during an intense situation".
Police eventually allowed a woman, who was reportedly the toddler's mother, to hold the toddler and another young child while officers tried to diffuse the situation.
Mr DeLeo said he was "proud" of the "concern and compassion" they showed, and said the perspective offered by the police clips "justify the investment in body-worn camera" and "the importance of all the facts".
There was a 1-year-old who remained in the vehicle, strapped in a auto seat that was improperly installed.
"Are there any other adults in the vehicle?" the officer is heard asking in the video.
The people in the video question why police are "holding a gun at the baby", while another person remarks they're holding a gun on the vehicle.
"No sir", the man under arrest replies.
Cops were told the pair might be armed but found only a pellet gun in their vehicle. "Just my two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son".
They then lower their weapons as they take the man into custody and one officer begins speaking to the girl, who has "unexpectedly" exited the vehicle.
Looking inside, the officer notices the infant child in the auto seat and allows the mother to help the baby, while another officer holds the two-year-old.