Police officers pulled their guns and handcuffed two 11-year-old twin boys, who were mistaken for criminals, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Aug. 26.
Police body cam video shows the kids were also forced to kneel on the ground and put in the back of a police car, reports “Good Morning America.”
Police were reportedly responding to a call of a male suspect walking with a handgun.
The boys’ mother, Juanita Ligon, recalled the incident to “Good Morning America”:
They were devastated. They were scared. Guns, handcuffs, thinking they are going to jail, scared the police may shoot them.
Ligon said the boys were walking to a pizza place with a 17-year-old family friend; all three children were handcuffed, searched and interrogated.
Police later admitted that the officers did not stop the kids based on the description of the suspect, however, Police Chief David Rahinsky stood by his officers’ massive failure:
When someone calls 911 and says, “I see a young man with a handgun,” we’re going. We acted on what information we had.
(Source: Good Morning America/Facebook)
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