This insanity has to stop:
A Cleveland police officer shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy who was carrying what turned out to be a fake pistol outside a recreation center on Saturday after witnesses said the boy had brandished the gun on a playground, the authorities said.
Two police officers responded to the scene and ordered the boy to raise his hands, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband, the Cleveland Division of Police said in a statement.
An officer fired two shots, striking the boy once in the abdomen, police and emergency medical services officials said. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition and underwent surgery. His mother told a local news station that her son’s condition had deteriorated to critical on Saturday night.
At an evening press conference, Deputy Chief Ed Tomba of the Cleveland police said the boy did not threaten the officers or point the weapon at them. “There was no verbal or no confrontation,” he said.
The police learned that the gun was fake after the shooting, said Jennifer Ciaccia, a spokeswoman for the Division of Police. Investigators recovered a replica gun resembling a semiautomatic pistol, the police said. “It looks really, really real, and it’s huge,” Ms. Ciaccia said.
Since they were responding to a 911 call, I would really, really like to hear the audio and find out what the officers and dispatch were told prior to the response to the call. Did someone claim the kid was a threat? Was this another murder by 911 as was the case with John Crawford III, when scumbag Ronald Ritchie called 911 and knowingly lied to them about Crawford’s actions in the Walmart? And why is Ronald Ritchie still a free man?