Nearing the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray, a 13-year-old boy has been shot by the Baltimore police, after they mistook his toy gun for a real one. Thankfully, his wounds are not life-threatening.
According to Baltimore’s CBS affiliate, in a press release Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that the shooting, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, happened after two officers, in plainclothes and an unmarked car, saw the teen walking down the street with what looked like a semi-automatic gun. After identifying themselves to the young man, he ran without dropping the gun, prompting officers to shoot him, Davis claimed.
Davis went on to say, he had “no reason to believe that these officers acted inappropriately in any way,” saying the officers weren’t aware the gun was fake. When pressed had Davis seen the gun himself, he said, that he “stood over it” and even he couldn’t tell that it was replica, he stated.
Here is an official image of the gun that the teen had on him.
Meanwhile, according to Baltimore journalist Jayne Miller who was on the scene, witnesses recall the situation differently than how Davis is spinning it.
And in the same manner that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was blamed for his own shooting death, the young man’s mother has been taken in to be questioned because “she knew” her son left the house with what she believed was a BB gun.
Meanwhile, Twitter was not here for any of this: