A BLACK father has shared his heartache at seeing his 10-year-old son hiding from a passing police car as he played in his own front yard.
Video shows Eliah Pierre-Louis — who was happily playing — hiding behind his family’s parked car in his driveway in Trumbull, Connecticut.
Eliah’s father, Stacey Pierre-Louis, posted the footage on Instagram last week.
In the caption, he described his reaction to seeing his terrified son hiding from cops.
“It floored me… I’ll save the dramatics, but growing up black or brown most of the time means fearing the police vs looking up to them,” Pierre-Louis wrote.
“I asked him why he did that when he got home. He replied; ‘because they killed George Floyd.’
“Stunned, I replied; ok kiddo. I didn’t know what and still don’t know what to say to him to make it better.”
Police brutality and systemic racism have been at the forefront of national conversation since the May 25 death of Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, as have the other three former officers who were present at the scene.
“As many parents are doing, I can only continue to educate and prepare my son with the truth and arm him with the tools to continue to create change,” Pierre-Louis told CBS News.
“It’s my hope that when he becomes a man, he’ll then be able to do the same for his family.”
Eliah is “doing better now,” and optimistic that the now-viral video could have a positive impact, his father said.