Neighbors called the police on a Black teen, Jathan Walthour, who was practicing his ROTC routine with a replica rifle on April 13. Not one gun rights group has come forward to defend Walthour.
WXII reports one caller said that a man was outside with a gun and “walking up and down our cul-de-sac.”
Walthour said he relied on lessons he learned from a community program called “Police Explorers” to respond when police arrived:
I placed the gun down on the ground and walked away from it. And I kept my hands visible, away from my pockets and things because the officers recommend you keep your hands where the officers can see you.
Walthour’s family is considering making fliers to let neighbors know he’s is in ROTC and not a threat.