These stories of unarmed boys being shot by police just keep coming. Yesterday (April 27), in East Baltimore, a 14-year-old boy was shot by Baltimore detectives because of mistaking the boy’s toy replica gun with a real one.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the victim of the shooting was Dedric Colvin, an eighth-grader at City Springs Middle School. The boy was shot once in the leg and shoulder, and is expected to survive the shooting. Colvin ran when two plain clothes detectives approached him, asking him to stop, because they thought the boy had a gun. Baltimore Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis, agreed that the BB gun looked exactly like a real gun and he would have thought the BB gun was an actual weapon as well.”I looked at it myself today, I stood right over top of it, I put my own eyes on it,” Davis told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s an absolute, identical replica semiautomatic pistol. Those police officers had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, an actual firearm. It looks like a firearm.”
Davis also said that the shooting will be thoroughly investigated by the department’s Special Investigations Response Team to make sure the detectives operated under proper protocol. “Investigating police-involved shootings is a sacred obligation to this police department,” Davis said to the Baltimore Sun. “We’re going to get it right.”
The shooting occurred on the one year anniversary of the death of 25-year-old, Freddie Gray. Freddie Gray died while in police custody after suffering an extreme spinal cord injury. Freddie Gray’s death ignited a series of riots in the city of Baltimore and six police officers were indicted for his death.
Prayers up for Dedric and his family.
These shootings have got to stop.