Video posted online shows the moment a 5-year-old boy seated in a New York restaurant was brought to tears as NYPD officers tell his mother they have to leave if he doesn’t have a COVID-19 vaccine card.
“You don’t have the card? If you don’t have it, then you’ll have to leave,” an NYPD officer tells the family who had been seated at a table.
Police told the boy’s mother that anyone without proof of vaccination could be charged with trespassing.
“If you leave voluntarily, there will not be charges pressed against you. Otherwise, you will be arrested for trespass. This is your only warning,” an officer says in the video.
Several angry bystanders recording the incident could be heard criticizing the officers.
“Scaring a child. Traumatizing a child. Hope you feel good about yourself NYPD,” a woman can be heard saying. “This is disgusting. This is gross. Disgraceful. You failed yourself, NYPD, you failed yourself.”