A group of bystanders pleaded with officers in Clayton County, Georgia, as they held a group of black children at gunpoint after they allegedly walked through a neighborhood.
“Today in Clayton County, GA an officer decided to pull his gun out on 5 black teenagers about 13-15 yrs old for going through the neighborhood cut to the store,” a caption on the now-viral video reads. “I’m assuming he thought they were robbing a house huh? 🤦🏾♂️ wake up people shit is sad it’s a cut in every hood.”
The video, which was reportedly taken on Monday and shared online Tuesday, shows six children standing with their hands in the air as officers give them commands.
“I’m sick,” a woman recording the incident can be heard saying. “They can’t. Come on, now. Please! Please, sir, they’re kids.”
“Why do you have a gun?” the woman asks.
“I have to check them for myself,” the officer replies.
“But why do you have a gun?” the woman asks again. “They are kids. What are they doing? What did they do wrong?”
“This is too much!” she cries out as the officers frisk the kids. “They are babies!
The officers then appear to warn the kids about cutting through the neighborhood.
The Clayton County Police Department released the following statement on Tuesday: “The Clayton County Police Department leadership is aware of the incident and the video that is on social media involving what appears to be young teenagers. What everyone is seeing is a small portion of the entire incident.”
The department said that it would release body camera video as well as audio of the 911 call that prompted the dispatch of officers.
Today in Clayton County, GA a officer decided to pull his gun out on 5 black teenagers about 13-15 yrs old for going through the neighborhood cut to the store. I’m assuming he thought they were robbing a house huh? 🤦🏾♂️ wake up people shit is sad it’s a cut in every hood. pic.twitter.com/g2KIkpyhki
— realist (@EaglesFanOnly) June 16, 2020