I agree. It is tragic but why was he running the streets at 10pm.
Prayers up for the family and the cop.....just damn.
You're joking, right?
Jesse Jackson is probably already on the way to Arkansas. The reason I say that is because he got thrown into jail in Chicago yesterday while he was protesting outside of a gun store. They were protesting that 35 school kids have been killed by guns since the first of the year. This will be a good chance for him to further his anti gun agenda!
If it was to dark for the officer to see the child. Would that be a Black on Black crime?
I remember when I was a kid, in the Summer, wed leave the house right after breakfast (sometimes right after sunrise after a bowl of Captain Crunch) and run about the neighborhood until lunch. Some times wed go home for lunch and sometimes someones mom would make PB&J sandwiches and Kool-Aid for every kid in the neighborhood.
Wed eat, drink and then go right back to playing.
The boys played baseball and dodge ball or with matchbox cars or played pretend cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians or WWII battle games with toy guns.
Us girls skipped rope and played house and with our Barbies, but some of us girls (like me) liked to play the pretend games with the boys with toy guns because it was more fun and we didnt want to wait and sit at the edge of the yard, just playing nurse to the pretend casualties.
I remember fighting with the boys, saying I should have a gun too, if only for self defense and that I was a very good baseball catcher.
I also remember fighting with some of the girls saying that being a girl was about more they looking pretty . I guess I was a Tomboy.
Wed play pretty much unsupervised, running and riding bikes (without knee pads and helmets) and although we really didnt know at the time, every parent in the neighborhood was looking out for each and every one of us.
If we were lucky some kid in the neighborhood had a pool in his back yard or a trampoline.
Wed go home at dinnertime when our stay at home mom, dad and sisters and brothers, all ate a meal together, that mom lovingly cooked for us, and then wed chomp at the bit to go back outside until dark or sometimes after.
We didnt know why or how, but we felt safe. We didnt worry about drug pushers, child molesters and pedophiles. We werent allergic to peanut butter and we werent on prescription drugs for hyperactivity. Our neighbors allowed us to play in their yards and pools without any lawyers being involved. If one kid hit another, no one called the police but some kid got a spanking and had to make an apology and got grounded.
Im not taking a hundred years ago here, but the late 60s, early 70s.
But times have really changed since then.
Today, in the inner city and even some suburbs, kids as young as ten or even younger are heavily involved in the drug trade. They have no mother or father or caring neighbor to look after them, the drug pushers are their only source of family and stability. Some of these kids arent pretending, they carry real guns and arent afraid to shoot at the police. And sometimes the police have no choice but to shoot back
I wouldnt want to be a kid again if I had to be a kid now days.
What happened to the days of playing cops and robbers or cowboys and indians without being shot by undercover cops?
Seems that law enforcement agencies are doing a bad job at weeding out the trigger-happy types in the hiring process. Either that or they’re teaching a very bad cirriculum at the police academies/BLET.
I wanna say 1st this isn’t toward DCBryan1,just toward the subject.The fact of playing outside your home isn’t a crime,10:00 A.M. nor 10:00 P.M.The fact a cop shot a 12 year old playing with a toy gun is.I don’t care if he pointed the toy gun at the cop(not saying he did),the fact is it was a toy!My brother is a cop and he says “A cop is not supposed too fire his weapon unless he is fired upon”.Being a cop is very dangerous but so is crab fishing.You know what you’re getting into in being a cop,it’s a power trip for most.This 12 year old boy was playing in front of his cousins apt.instead of running the streets.So why was he shot,not ONCE, but TWICE.It did’nt say where he was shot,but we know it was twice.How can you be able to shoot someone twice without seeing your target.Where did he train at.Sounds like to me profiling.