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Cops shoot 12 year-old who had a BB gun

November 23, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A 12-year-old in Cleveland who had had a BB gun in his waistband was shot multiple times by a police officer.

The child was playing at the Cudell Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when police responded to a call of a child waving the gun around and scaring people, according to TV station WOIO.

The witness who called police told them, “There’s a guy in here with a pistol. It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody, It’s probably fake but, you know what? It’s scaring the s— out of everybody.”

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Police said they could not take the risk that the gun was not an actual threat.

“We have to assume every gun is real,” Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Jeff Follmer said, according to News One. “When we don’t, that’s the day we don’t go home.”

According to the police, as two responding officers approached the child they told him to raise his hands, instead the young suspect reached for the gun in his waistband and one officer fired his weapon two times. The boy was hit once in his stomach and one gunshot to his chest. The boy was taken to a local hospital.

He is currently in critical condition and underwent surgery Saturday night, according to a local news station.

Police said the 12-year-old did not threaten officers nor point the gun at them, the weapon reportedly was an airsoft bb gun that resembles a semi-automatic handgun.

An angry woman at the scene said the officers overreacted.

“Always kill a black kid right?” she said while still at the scene.

Rice told the station her son did not have access to the weapon and she does not know how he got it. When the incident occurred she ran to the scene but was unable to see her child before he was transported to the hospital.

A request on the shooting victim’s condition was not returned Sunday morning.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case and both officers are being placed on paid leave. A message seeking comment was not returned Sunday.

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