(CNN) -- The mother of an Omaha toddler is defendingher son after he unleashed a slew of obscenities in an online video thathas gone viral.
In the video, the diapered boy is taunted and cursed at by adults, who coax him into using crude words.
The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle-finger salute.
"Shut up, bitch," he says in one of the responses.
The adults chuckle, prompting him to unleash more obscenities at them.
Despite the video, he's not an anomaly, according to his mother.
"He had a clean diaper, the house was clean and like they said, kids curse, every kid does it," the mother told CNN affiliate KETV in an exclusive interview. CNN does not identify juveniles in such stories. The mother is 16.
"He's a smart little boy.All that cussing that he did, he doesn't do that," she said. "Somebodytold him to do that. My son doesn't do that. I don't allow it."
She said a friend of her brother filmed the video while she was in another room.
"He was wrong for doingthat ... posting the video up and getting us into this situation," shesaid. "Everybody that thinks I'm a bad mother, I'm not. I'm a goodmother to my son. I teach him a lot. He's very smart."
The police union inOmaha, Nebraska, posted the clip on its website to highlight what itcalled the "cycle of violence and thuggery" the community faces.
The Omaha PoliceOfficers' Association is under fire from the city's police chief, theACLU and at least one community leader. They say the move needlesslyantagonizes minority communities, which make up about a quarter ofOmaha's 409,000 residents.
Sgt. John Wells, the union's president, said the video was "disturbing" and "offensive."
"The focus here isn't onany particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troublingbehavior toward this child," Wells said. "This behavior is going topotentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy."
On the website where the video is posted, the union said the clip came from "a local thug's public Facebook page."
"We here at OmahaPOA.comviewed the video and we knew that despite the fact that it issickening, heartbreaking footage, we have an obligation to share it tocontinue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle ofviolence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselveshelplessly trapped in," the police union wrote in a post accompanyingthe video.
"Now while we didn't seeanything in this video that is blatantly 'illegal,' we sure did see alot that is flat out immoral and completely unhealthy for this littlechild from a healthy upbringing standpoint," it added.
Wells said one of the adults mentions a local street gang in the video.
"That is why when wetalk about the culture, the criminal culture, that this is to try tobreak the cycle and deal with the culture of violence and the culture ofgang activity," he said.
Willie Hamilton, president of the community activist group Black Men United, said the union crossed a line.
"For them to take avideo out of context -- a 2-year-old who doesn't have the brain capacityto know what's going on -- and to say that this child, because twoadults acted inappropriately, is going to end up in a life of crime istotally inappropriate," Hamilton said.
The American CivilLiberties Union of Nebraska, which filed an excessive force suit againstthe Omaha Police Department on behalf of an African-American familyMonday, said the union's use of "racially charged language" was "verydisconcerting."
"Officers should beworking to build a culture where anyone feels comfortable calling lawenforcement," ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Becki Brenner said in aprepared statement. "The manner in which the Officers Association hasdiscussed this incident has done nothing but further erode communitytrust and reinforce the need for independent oversight, trainings, andother reforms."
Police Chief ToddSchmaderer tried to distance his agency from the controversy Tuesday,saying that the union's website and Facebook page are separate fromthose of the Omaha Police Department. He said he has little authorityover the public statements of union members.
"With that backgroundand understanding, I want to make it explicit and clear that the viewsexpressed on the OPOA Facebook page do not necessarily reflect theofficial stance of the Omaha Police Department," Schmaderer said. "Istrongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in ourcommunity or an obstacle to police community relations."
Wells said union members have turned the video over to the department's child victim unit.
The child and his mother are in protective custody for safety reasons. Court records obtained by the affiliate show the toddler was among five injured in October when shots were fired at a home.
The boy and his mother have been relocated by the state in the past over gang activity fears, according to the affiliate.
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