LAWRENCE, N.J. – Two 17-year-old boys are in police custody after they allegedly committed a twisted act of abuse and racism against a seventh-grade African American girl.
Now investigators are searching for the motive behind the hateful behavior.
Local authorities say that the two teenage boys of “Indian descent” were arrested after they urinated on the young girl during a high school football game on Friday against Steinert, according to CBS New York.
The teens are now facing multiple counts of harassment, bias intimidation and lewdness for the alleged incident.
The boys have not been identified by authorities due to their age, but they did confirm that they were from the Lawrence area.
The Township of Lawrence Facebook page posted about the ongoing investigation into the allegations against the teens.
The Lawrence Township Police Department is actively investigating an alleged bias incident that took place last evening…
Once the boys were arrested, they followed up with another post thanking officers for their diligent work in apprehending them.
The Lawrence Twp Police Department would like to announce the arrest of 2 juvenile males who reside in Lawrence Twp and who are of Indian descent in connection with the bias incident that took place at Lawrence High School on Friday night. Great work by LTPD Detectives
— Lawrence Twp Police, NJ (@LawrencePD_NJ) October 20, 2019
In August, a similar disturbing incident along the very same lines took place in Cleveland — this time by a police officer.
Officer Solomon Nhiwatiwa was charged with attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, assault, endangering children, child enticement, interfering with custody and public indecency after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl and then urinated on her at her bus stop – all while he filmed it on his cellphone.
Prosecutors say that the 12-year-old girl was sitting on the sidewalk and was waiting to be picked up by the bus. Nhiwatiwa allegedly drove up to the minor and attempted to entice her to get inside his vehicle, reportedly asking her if she needed a ride to school.
The girl repeatedly refused Nhiwatiwa’s persistent offers and would not get into his vehicle. At that point, prosecutors say the officer drove away.
But he wasn’t done yet.
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According to the report, Nhiwatiwa drove back to the bus stop and exited his vehicle. That’s when authorities say the 34-year-old police officer began urinating on the young girl, allegedly filming it on his cellphone while he performed the sick act.
He then left the scene again, but police were alerted to his presence when a neighbor reached out to Euclid police and described a suspicious person acting strange and looking into vehicles.
The girl’s mother reportedly called the Euclid police and reported what had happened to her daughter. The police were able to make the connection and sought out Nhiwatiwa. Prosecutors say the officer turned himself in.
Nhiwatiwa has been a police officer since 2014, sources say. He has been suspended without pay pending the investigation. But the prosecutor in the case say that suspension may be permanent.
“He will be held accountable,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “It’s my office’s mission to ensure he never wears the badge of a police officer again.”
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