9-year-old arrested for waving toy gun

LORAIN—A 9-year-old boy was arrested at gunpoint and handcuffed Saturday because he was waving a toy gun over his head while seated on a bench outside a store, according to a Lorain police report.

His mother, Tamyka Saunders of Sheffield Lake, said her son, Thomas Clark Jr., told Lorain police when they approached him outside a Broadway business that the gun was a toy. An officer aimed his weapon at the boy’s head, ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested him for juvenile delinquency by reason of inducing panic, according to the police report.

Saunders, 28, was also charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest when she pleaded with police not to arrest her son and to give him a warning, according to a police report.

‘’He doesn’t deserve this. He is not a bad kid at all. That’s what I was trying to explain to the officer. It’s just not fair,’’ Saunders said.

What if he had been pretending to drink a beer and driving a truck – would we arrest him for drunk driving? This is the pussification of America. it is so sad.

~ by kinshay on 2003-10-29.

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