A video showing a young boy in Connecticut hiding from a police car as he was playing basketball in his driveway has gone viral, even getting the attention of NBA superstar LeBron James. The child’s father, Stacey Pierre-Louis, shared the footage in an Instagram post last week, asking his followers, “Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn’t doing anything wrong?”
The clip shows his 10-year-old son, Eliah, dribbling a ball when he suddenly stops in his tracks and then steps behind a vehicle to hide from view as a patrol car drives by. A moment later, the police are gone and Eliah resumes playing basketball.
His father says he debated whether to post the video. “I live in an affluent neighborhood in Trumbull with a really good school system. This kid has all the opportunity to do/be whatever he wants unlike many kids who look like him because resources aren’t made available. Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn’t doing anything wrong?” he wrote in the post.
He said he asked Eliah why he did that, and the boy responded: “because they killed George Floyd.”
“I didn’t know what and still don’t know what to say to him to make it better,” he reflected in the caption.