According to local news in Memphis the police were on stake out for drug dealers...kid was told repeatedly to put the item in his hand down and he ignore the policeman’s order. When he aimed at them they opened fire. A tragic situation all around.
Correction my memory was faulty they were looking for thugs who repeatedly broke in to local businesses...probably to feed drug habits.
The story doesn't say the kid was repeatedly told to do anything. The story also doesn't say the kid aimed at the police.
Whether or not the kid made a poor decision by not obeying the cop's orders is not in question. I've disputed the assertions by some that the kids were "running the streets" or that their parents should not have allowed them to be out at 9:53 p.m. I've also disputed the claims that they were running from the police or pointing fake guns at the police. If the local news is saying that's what they were doing, fine ... this story is all I've read, all I know about it, and it doesn't indicate that they were doing either of those things.
Instead, the story says they were yelling - which kids are apt to do when they're outside playing - and running - which kids are apt to do when they're outside playing.
The cops, who were there on a stakeout, inserted themselves into the situation when they heard the yelling and saw the running, according to the story.
Again, I don't know that the cops necessarily did anything wrong. But this story does not suggest to me that the kids or their parents were doing anything wrong, either.
A tragic situation all around.