” A Michigan teen was in serious condition Sunday after being shot by a police officer when he showed the officer responding to a complaint a handgun that turned out to be fake.
Nicholas King, a 14-year-old from Battle Creek, was shot Saturday by an officer outside a party store. The police department had received a call about a man with a pistol in the bushes near the store, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
King’s friend, Shannon Cortes, said she witnessed the incident, telling WOOD-TV the teen raised his hands at the instruction of the officer.
“But he only went half-way,” Cortes told the local news station, adding that his fake weapon was not in his hands at this time. ”His hand was completely clear.” “
While we understand the need for cops to be wary for their safety it seems that the police these days are awfully quick to resort to violence . When we were growing up in the sixties and seventies every boy could be seen carrying a gun , toy or real , at one time or another and none of our friends were ever gunned down by the police . Something has changed in the way that the police interact with the public that has created an “us versus them” attitude which in turn has a snowball effect on respect for authority and community relations .