It’s a sad day in society with an 11-year-old black kid has a gun pulled on him by a cop because he was building a tree fort. And that’s just what happened to Omari Grant and his friends in Henry County, GA.
Grant said him and his friends were playing in the wooded area behind his home and were building a tree fort. That’s until a neighbor called the police to complain.
“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.
“So my son was of course traumatized by that,” Baptiste said.
Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home.
“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.
Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.
“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.
Diamant ran what Omari told him past Edgar Dillard, whose wife, according to 911 records, called in from the next subdivision to complain the boys were “chopping off tree limbs.”
“Yeah, that’s pretty shocking to hear that a gun was pulled on a child,” Dillard said.
And the reason for his wife’s call: “There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment,” Dillard said.
If this neighbor was so concerned about the hazards, maybe she should have did the neighborly thing and talked to the kids.
Baptiste has filed a complaint and Henry County’s police department is now investigating the officer
“If it was justified then we’ll deal with it, if it wasn’t we’ll address it as well,” said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.
And if you missed this quote, I think it’s worth repeating. “I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.
Omari is 11.