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Father talks to News 12 about viral video showing 9-year-old son hiding from police

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A father opened up to News 12 about the viral video showing his son hiding from a police officer while he was playing basketball "because they killed George Floyd."

A father opened up to News 12 about the viral video showing his son hiding from a police officer while he was playing basketball "because they killed George Floyd. " Eliah, 9, was seen on video dribbling a ball in his driveway.

The video was captured by the family's home security system and later shared by Eliah's dad on Instagram.

Stacey Pierre-Louis says he was stunned by his son's response writing in his post, "Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn't doing anything wrong?" Pierre-Louis said Eliah does not see the news and they do not talk negatively about police at home.

"I was hesitant at first because I'm really private, I guess I don't really share too much, but I think it's something that, you know, was necessary just to open up the dialogue of what it's like raise a black or brown child in America or really in the world," said Pierre-Louis.

Eliah's favorite NBA player Lebron James tweeted about it, writing, "Breaks my heart. " Pierre-Louis says sharing the video has helped him and other parents have these uncomfortable but necessary conversations, and he hopes it inspires change for the better.

Pierre-Louis says in the two years the family has lived in Trumbull, they've had a positive experience with the police department there.

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