A video recently posted on social media has a community scratching its proverbial head.
The Nutley Police Department announced earlier today that it was advised that several girls posted a video with unacceptable language using racial epithets throughout social media, which immediately went viral.
Nutley police, along with Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, reviewed the video and the nature of its recording and deemed it completely inappropriate and in poor judgment; however, no crime was committed.
Although the actions of the juveniles did not rise to a criminal level, their actions were in poor taste, police said.
The Observer has reviewed the video, which is believed to have originally been on Snapchat and then recorded for use on other social media platforms — and it’s as bad as police described. It features three high-school aged girls, all of whom are white. A source with knowledge of the case tells The Observer all three girls are 14 and freshmen at Nutley High School.
“I hate ni***rs,” one girl says to start the video off. “We hate ni***rs,” a second girl then says. “I love them, I love them,” the second girl then says with some inaudible talking ongoing in the background. “I’m not kidding,” the first girl then says. A third girl then says, “No, no kidding, because ni***rs fu****g s**k d**k.”
The girls in the video all appear to be holding beverages, though it’s impossible to tell whether they’re alcoholic beverages.
The Nutley Police Department says it will continue to monitor social media outlets. Although it is understood that everyone has the right to voice their opinions, any perceived threats or acts of violence will be fully investigated, the NPD says.
Det. Lt. Anthony Montanari, the Nutley PD’s public information officer, says rumors that schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 3, are not true. However, he says added patrol officers will be at all Nutley public schools Friday for precautionary purposes.
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