Toy Guns Create Deadly Problems for Police

And you say this isn’t a problem.

TIME

It’s a tragic story that is all too familiar. This one began on Nov. 22, when a 12-year-old boy named Tamir Rice was playing in a Cleveland park and waving what appeared to be a weapon. Someone called the police and reported that “a guy with a gun was pointing it at people,” but noted that the gun was “probably fake.” According to local news reports, some of that information may not have been passed on to the officers who were dispatched to the scene, who had been told to respond to “a male with a gun threatening people.”

Here’s what happened next, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group:

They responded and saw the boy pick up what they thought was a black gun, tuck it in his waistband and take a few steps.

Officers drew their weapons and told the boy to raise his hands. Instead, he…

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