An 11-year-old Georgia boy claims that a police officer pulled a gun out on him while he and his friends were building a tree fort, and now, the boy’s mother is filing an excessive force complaint.
Fifth-grader Omari Grant says that he and his friends were playing in the woods behind his home, a usual hangout for the group, when they decided to build a tree fort. They began cutting down branches and gathering materials when a concerned neighbor called police to complain about what they were doing.
Two police officers eventually showed up, one pointed a gun at the boys, and both made them lie on the ground with their legs spread. Grant also alleges that the officers cursed at them.
"I was thinking that I don't want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said," said Grant to WSB-TV.
Once the officer left, Grant ran to his mother and cried about what happened to him and his friends.
"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 Omari’s mother Janice Baptiste. “So my son was of course traumatized by that.”
Now, Baptiste says she has filed an excessive force complaint against the Henry County Police Department. Sgt. Joey Smith says that the department is currently investigating the happenings.
“If it was justified then we'll deal with it, if it wasn't we'll address it as well," said Smith.
Omari Grant says that he has not yet gotten over having a gun pointed at him.
"I learned that they're supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside," said Grant.
Henry County police have refused to release the identity of the officers involved.