Neighbors in Georgia teamed up to protect a group of Black teens after a police officer pointed a gun at them
The teenagers on the left and the officer on the right.
A policeman in Jonesboro, Georgia, aimed a gun at five black teenagers in a video that was trendy on Monday.
A group of neighbors gathered to keep the boys calm and to get the officer to put down his gun.
The officer pointed the gun at boys while responding to an emergency call about a group of teenagers trying to steal from a shop, fight in a parking lot, and swing a gun.
Because the emergency caller said the teenagers had a gun, the policeman approached "with his gun drawn and pointing at the teenagers," Clayton County police told CNN.
The boys later told the police officer that they had previously held a BB gun that they had thrown into the bushes.
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A group of neighbors in Jonesboro, Georgia, protected a group of black teenagers after a police officer pointed a gun at them.
The video of the incident was shared on Facebook by Shannelle Ladd on Monday. The clip showed an unknown policeman pointing a gun at the five teenagers, all of whom had their hands over their heads. Adult viewers can hear the officer yelling at him to put down his gun.
"Please, sir. They are children," Ladd can be heard screaming in the video. "Why do you have a gun out?"
The video was released on social media this week when people called for police reform after George Floyd's death.
Clayton County police informed CNN that a shopkeeper called 911 and reported five teenagers he had tried to steal from the store and then fought in the parking lot. The shopkeeper said in an emergency call that one of the teenagers had a gun.
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CNN checked the surveillance material from the store and found that it showed no teenagers fighting in the parking lot.
When the police arrived on site, the teenagers had already disappeared, but an official later found them on the street and yelled at them to stop, as seen by CNN.
"Due to the allegation that the youth had a gun, the officer approached them with the service weapon drawn and pointed to the youth," the police said.
Spectators quickly gathered nearby - Ladd told CNN that there were about 30 people there telling the children to stay calm and ask the police to put down his gun.
According to the CNN, the officer had pointed his pistol at the floor for four minutes before a backup arrived and patted her.
When the police asked the boys about the gun, the 911 caller said they had a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic pistol that they had thrown away in a nearby bush, CBS 46 reported.
No charges were brought in the incident.
Lashunda Jackson, the mother of one of the teenagers, said she was never contacted by the police after the incident.
"I had no police contact, nobody called me. I heard about the video this morning. My daughter sent me the video all day in Ohio. She found out before I found out about the situation," Jackson said CBS 46. "I was just wondering why the police shouldn't contact parents. They didn't contact parents."
Kamari Moore, one of the teenagers involved in the incident, said he feared for his life during the incident.
"I thought I was going to die because I saw all these black children die and it was just crazy to have me in," he told reporters at a press conference.
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