A California dad is calling for the firing of a cop who was pictured aiming a weapon toward him and his 2-year-old son at a weekend George Floyd rally in the Long Beach.
“The officer in the photo — he should not be a cop at all,” Dontae Parks, 29, told the Sun of the unnamed officer aiming the weapon just feet from where he had his son on his shoulders.
“I could tell just by looking at him he’s ready to shoot at any time,” he said.
Parks says he decided to take his toddler — who was wearing a Batman costume and holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign — to the Sunday rally because it was billed as peaceful.
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The father claims the officers didn’t seem to care that he was with his toddler when they started firing rubber bullets at the crowd.
“One cop threatened to spray my son with tear gas,” he said, noting it was not the same one with the weapon in the now-viral photo.
“I was shocked,” he said.
Video from the protests captured one woman yelling at the cops, “What’s the matter with you? You are a monster! You are really going to gas this child?”
The video also shows at least one officer asking Parks to move away.
“A lot of people might think I put my son in danger by being there, but I know I wouldn’t let anything happen to him, and when it started to get really dangerous, we went home,” Parks told the paper.
“I’m a great father and I take care of my son and I’m raising him to be great,” he insisted.
He also believes that “if me and my son were white, I don’t think that cop would have threatened to spray the gas.”
“It would have been a whole different scenario and that’s another reason I was there,” he said.