WASHINGTON (CIRCA) —Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo responded to the posting of the incident with a Facebook video post on Sunday, noting the toddler's climbing out of the truck was unexpected.
DeLeo noted that the body camera footage from the officers showed they acted according to their training, and properly cared for the child once they realized what was happening.
"I am proud of how officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children, the level of concern and compassion they showed to the family," said DeLeo.
The body camera footage shows an officer arresting the girl's father. While handcuffing the father, the officer is heard telling the toddler to go to her mother, who was nearby.
"OK sweetie, put your hands down, you're fine," said the officer. "You're fine, come to Mommy."
DeLeo noted that the officers later helped the mother take another infant child out of the back of the truck. Afterward, officers are seen searching the vehicle for a weapon. They eventually find a pellet gun, which DeLeo noted looks similar to a real firearm, hidden under the back seat of the truck's cab.
WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A video of police in Tallahassee, Florida, pulling over reportedly armed shoplifting suspects went viral when not only did two adults step out of the car, but a toddler as well.
A bystander filmed the interaction. A 2-year-old girl left the blue pickup truck after her parents were ordered to do so by police.
Police had guns drawn initially, since reports indicated the shoplifter had a gun. A followup video posted by the city of Tallahassee noted that police changed their tactics upon seeing the little girl.