One video shows the 9-year-old rapper repeatedly slapping the buttocks of a woman who is bent over. In another video, Luie Rivera Jr., a Brockton fourth-grader also known as Lil Poopy, is shown in various other, sexually charged situations having similar physical contact with other women. Adults in a crowd cheer the 9-year-old on as he is in a simulated sex situation with a female on a dance floor. People throw dollar bills at the child. A man can be seen telling the fourth-grader to slap the female, who is bent over, on the buttocks. She then gyrates against Rivera, and lifts the boy’s shirt.
These images of Rivera, posted to YouTube in recent months and filmed alongside adults partying at nightclubs, including one in Waterbury, Conn., were too much for Brockton police, who are now lodging a complaint alleging child abuse or neglect against his father, Luis Rivera. “It’s a bit much for a 9-year-old. It warrants the attention of the Department of Children and Families,” police Lt. David Dickinson said Sunday afternoon. Police viewed the videos on Sunday, the same day that a Page 1 story about the 9-year-old rapper ran in The Sunday Enterprise. Police filed a report called a “51A” with the state after viewing the videos. The report is the legal mechanism under which the state Department of Children and Families can investigate alleged abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 18. An agency spokeswoman could not be reached for comment Sunday night. Lil Poopy has hit the stage with P. Diddy, hung out in nightclubs and been featured in music videos in which he sings about Louis Vuitton swag, driving a Lamborghini and making someone else’s girlfriend his groupie.
The boy is called a “C0caine Cowboy,” and he performs with a group called Coke Boys. He earns about $7,500 a performance, his father said recently. Reached on Sunday, the boy’s father, Luis Rivera, said that his son “is not doing anything wrong” in the videos posted to YouTube. “I’ll call my lawyer first thing in the morning,” Rivera, 30, said when informed of the police complaint against him on Sunday afternoon. “He’s not doing anything wrong. He’s acting.” Rivera said his son and the people filmed in the video were wearing clothes. He also likened the buttocks slapping to how adults praise children who are participating in a baseball game, he said, for example.
“When you hit a home run, when you go to the bleachers, they tap you on the butt,” Rivera said. “He’s not doing anything wrong.” But police – and some local parents – disagreed. “It’s disgusting,” said Brockton community activist Ollie Jay Spears, a married father of three who watched YouTube videos of the young Rivera on Sunday.
Spears, 37, said he Googled “Lil Poopy” after reading the newspaper’s story and found several videos showing the boy in various situations. At one point “I had to turn the video off,” said Spears, founder of the Brockton Peace Crusaders, a group aiming to steer at-risk youths in the city’s roughest neighborhoods away from guns and other violence. “With the girl bent over and the other girl grinding into him,” Spears said. “A 9-year-old with stacks of money and rapping about glorifying the drug trade, and demeaning women? A kid at the third- or fourth-grade level, talking about c0ke? It’s not entertaining. That’s borderline child abuse.”
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