COLUMBUS, OHIO — After authorities received a call about two Black teens walking with a gun, an officer showed up. Luckily, he used common sense upon evaluating the situation.
Police brutality continues to plague the United States, especially concerning its Black citizens — teens and children included.
According to NBC News, authorities were called on two teens supposedly seen flashing a gun while walking through a neighborhood.
Once Officer Peter Casuccio pulled up on the two kids, it turned out they were only 11 and 13 years old; they had a BB gun.
Thankfully, Casuccio took the time to assess the situation — rather than hopping from his car and immediately firing at the children.
As can be seen by his body cam footage, he started lecturing the teens on the spot.
“This is getting kids killed all over the country [Black kids, specifically] … In today’s world, listen, that thing looks real, bro … How old are you, boy? Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old? I pride myself on being a pretty bad hombre cause I got to be. Don’t make me.”
Apparently, the 11-year-old’s mother didn’t know her son had the toy. Once the officer began talking with her, her concern was genuine.
“He could have shot you for that! You know that?” she expressed.
Just before letting them go, the officer mentioned the following statement as well.
“Your life hasn’t even gotten started yet, and it could have ended. Cause I wouldn’t have missed. I want you to think about that tonight when you go to bed. You could be gone.”
If you’re interested in the released footage, check out the video below.
Police dept. releases a video of officer stopping two black boys with a BB gun and lecturing them in what the dept. called a "lesson learned" moment: "This is getting kids killed all over the country.”
— NBCBLK (@NBCBLK) October 17, 2018
In the 80’s and 90’s, kids played with BB guns all the time. It was nothing to see a little boy walking around the hood with one. Everyone knew what it was and pretty much knew it wasn’t real.
Nowadays, it’s harder to tell. Manufacturers are making them look like authentic gun models. While some states require manufacturers to color toy gun barrel tips orange — or as in stricter states, the whole toy is orange — people are, for whatever foolish reason, also painting their real guns to the specifications of toys.
It’s a sad day when alert and paranoia is so incredibly high regarding the Black community that our kids can’t even be children anymore. Many of our kids have seen the harsh reality of adult hatred…even as youth.
Isn’t it time for it to stop?
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