Police has allegedly shot at car containing 5 black children in Waycross, Georgia at around 8am on Saturday.
Georgia family reported that on their way back home from Walmart, 5 siblings (ages 9-16) were followed and shot at by police officers. Out of fear, the oldest brothers had told their 3 younger siblings ā ages 9, 12 and 14 ā to get out of the car and run home to get their father. However, upon seeing the children run away, a police officerĀ reportedly shot at the unarmed minors. The youngest child, a nine-year-old boy, has claimed that the officer firedĀ at leastĀ sevenĀ bullets, one of which had gotten close to the minorās head.
In addition to this, Daily Mail hasĀ reportedĀ that a second officer was called as backup while the first followed the three children.
The second officer is said to have approached the car from the front and to have fired at the vehicle after it had driven towards him; following this, the two oldest siblings (ages 15 and 16) had jumped out of the car while it was still in drive. After hearing the gunshots, the first officer had returned to the scene and the 3 younger children had successfully ran away.
Waycross Police Department in Ware County, Georgia is under fire after allegedly shooting at an unarmed 9-year-old and 12-year-old. š³ pic.twitter.com/MIRxVaPZDp
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The two oldest siblings were arrested.
AccordingĀ to the Sun, WJAX has reported that āthe 16-year-old was charged with possession of a handgun, aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, driving without a license and a stop sign violationā. Similarly, āthe 15-year-old was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor, removal or attempt to remove a firearm from a cop, and felony obstruction of an officerā.
What is more, the police has reported that during the arrest of the two boys, there had been an altercation between the 15-year-old and the second officer. Consequently, the minor suffered injuries which had to be treated by emergency medical services (EMS).
However,Ā accordingĀ to Daily Mail, the teenager had later explained that he did not understand why the police had pulled them over as they had not been speeding; the boy had also told News4Jax that āduring the arrest, while he had his hands up, a police officer hit him in the eye with his gun and another officer tasered him in the backā.
Georgiaās Waycross Police Department called the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
The Sun hasĀ reportedĀ that the GBIās preliminary investigation found that the police officers had seen the boys commit a traffic violation; subsequently, the police had tried to get the vehicleās license plate number. The two police officers have since been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Furthermore, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has asked that the police release the body and dash cam footage so that they too can conduct an investigation.
Atlanta Attorney Gerald Griggs, VP of the NAACP Atlanta chapter spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Ā stating:
āIām very concerned that shots were fired while children were involved [ā¦] weāre concerned that level of force was used.ā
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