Boy, 11, Says Cops Pulled a Gun on Him

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Boy, 11, Says Cops Pulled a Gun on Him

Omari Grant, 11, was building a fort when a cop with a gun drawn told him and his friends to get down on the ground.

Published April 3, 2014

Imagine your 11-year-old son scared, confused and terrified, saying, “Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face.”

That was Janice Baptiste’s reality after Henry County, Georgia, police pulled guns out on her son, Omari Grant, 11, and his friends while they were building a tree fort.

Grant and his friends often used the wooded area behind his home as a play area, but this time a neighbor called 911 to report that the boys were "chopping off tree limbs."   

However, what happened next turned a routine play date into a dramatic experience.

"I was thinking that I don't want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said," Grant said.

Grant also said the officer holding a gun used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

“My son was of course traumatized by that," Baptiste told WSB-TV Channel 2.

After it was all over, no arrests were made, and Grant told reporters he learned a valuable lesson.

"I learned that they're supposed to help you, not make you feel scared to even come outside," he said.

The Henry County Police Department is investigating the officer's actions after Baptiste filed an excessive-force complaint.
"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.

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Written by Dominique Zonyeé


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