you can see for yourself--it's over faster than you'd even imagine, and that's what's gutting.
I had the gist of the story since yesterday, but it shocked me to learn that the police thought he was an adult. They thought he was 20. They thought his gun was real--but there wasn't even a pause.
Not a pause. There wasn't time to identify themselves or shout a question at the boy. They could not have taken the time to tell him to put it down and make sure he did it before that kid was gone.
And what does the local news try to push? That he came from a home with a violent father. His father didn't kill him though, okay? And any kid who watches tv or plays video games has a sense of the gun as a symbol of fighting. They play-act. Kids play cops and robbers with toy guns. Sometimes they even idolize the cops. Sometimes kids might even approach a police car because they don't realize they themselves might be seen as a threat.
It only took a minute. The surveillance video has him playing and posturing by himself and not hurting anybody, and a cop car comes, and the boy falls, and a gun is held on a dead boy.
It isn't the first time I've seen footage like that of a shooting, and I wish I never saw it--only I wish it was because it didn't happen and not because I cared enough to look. It was over so fast. How does a life get lost this fast? Just, how?