Another disturbing incident in Newark shows how police racially profile and jump to conclusions when it comes to incidents involving young Black men.

A community is reeling after a 10-year-old boy was chased down by police who believed he was the 20-year-old suspect from a nearby armed robbery, WABC reports.

Legend Preston, a fifth grader, was traumatized after Newark police brandished loaded guns while chasing him down a nearby alley.

“Some police started coming this way with guns pointed at me, and then I ran into the backyard,” Legend told WABC.

Prior to the chase, Preston was playing basketball at a nearby court. His ball rolled out into the street.
“I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose, and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me,” he said.

His mother, Patisha Solomon, was in the house at the time of the incident and afterwards posted her son’s emotional reaction in a video on Facebook.

“These policemen who had guns drawn on my child are still on these streets,” Solomon said in her Facebook post.

Solomon said when she told police her son was just a minor, they yelled back, “He fits the description!” Neighbors and friends circled around the young boy in order to protect him from the police.

According to the New York Daily News, a spokesperson for the Newark Police Department said the officers did have guns drawn, but never pointed their weapons at Preston.

Police announced they eventually caught the suspect, 20-year-old Casey Joseph Robinson, who was charged with armed robbery.

SOURCE: WABCNew York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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13 thoughts on “Newark Cops Mistake Unarmed 10-Year-Old Black Boy For Armed Robber

  1. Traumatized? Comer on Peeps, this Nicca sees crime, violence, and irresponsible Hair Hatted Hooligans every day of his life. Ever notice young black kids in the vicinity of ghetto fights are never crying or afraid? They are numb to it. A part of their everyday life.

    “Rolled the ball into the street on purpose” and decided to run because of it? Something is fishy there. Hell to the NAW.

  2. Damn the Newark PIGS are so STUPID they can’t determine a 10 yr old child from a 20 yr old man???????????????????????

    This was TOTALLY UN-NECESSARY!!!!!
    That little boy will surely be traumatized for life by this UGLY experience!!!!!

  3. Didn’t they redesign this website to get rid of Piss poor PJ and Larry the Cable Guy? Stick to the facts. I don’t care what color you are. There is not a ten year old anywhere that can be mistaken for 20.

  4. Melosee on said:

    That young man is tramatized! Sue the city, get that young man some therapy! Don’t let him go without somebody helping him through the situation! He was shaking, crying and trembling! No, no, no! Somebody needs to pay ! A 10yr old boy being chased by cops with guns drawn! Really!!

  5. mzBrickHouz on said:

    He fits what description?? BLACK! This is outrageous and they all need to be fired! It’s only a matter of time before they kill another young man

  6. Guest12 on said:

    The judgement and training of ALL police officer’s should be questioned. This is ridiculous! Let these m-fers meet up with some ISIS folks and they’ll sh*t in their pants. Cowards!

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