IT WAS ONLY A TOY GUN-CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?

fake-gunRECENTLY A 13 YO BOY WAS   SHOT BY A POLICE OFFICER IN COLUMBUS, OH.

OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF AN ARMED ROBBERY AND A MAN WITH A GUN.  UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS TOLD A SUSPECT, WHO FIT THE DESCRIPTION OF ONE OF THE ROBBERS TO PUT HIS HANDS IN THE AIR.  INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE OFFICERS ORDERS HE WENT FOR, WHAT APPEARED TO BE, A GUN.  THE “WEAPON” PULLED FROM HIS WAISTBAND WAS A REPLICA OF A SEMI-AUTOMATIC.  INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM THE FIREARMS CARRIED BY OUR NATIONS POLICE OFFICERS.

AS ONE MIGHT EXPECT, AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THIS KID’S ACTIONS, HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED.  FOLLOWED,OF COURSE, BY THE ENRAGED HOODRATS AND USUAL SUSPECTS.  THE HUE AND CRY BEING…”IT WAS ONLY A TOY GUN.”

ONCE AGAIN, ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED IF THE VIOLATOR HAD COMPLIED.  LET’S REVIEW A COUPLE SIMPLE RULES.

  1.  WHEN A COP SAYS “DROP THE GUN”…DROP THE GUN.
  2.  WHEN A COP SAYS “SHOW ME YOUR HANDS”…SHOW YOUR HANDS.

NOW THAT WASN’T SO HARD WAS IT?

STAY SAFE, BUCKLE UP AND WEAR YOUR VEST!!

www.KenJDye.com

About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.
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