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Spartanburg, SC — A video posted to social media over the weekend caused heavy backlash for the Spartanburg police department which prompted them to release body cam video of the same incident. The videos show a 9-year-old boy being handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser for allegedly throwing rocks and playing with a toy gun.

The two videos highlight the importance of being truthful when sharing evidence of alleged police misconduct and the damage done by those out to spread false information.

The incident happened on June 29, when police were dispatched to a neighborhood over a 911 call about some children throwing rocks and playing with a toy gun.

The caller told dispatchers that the child with the orange-tipped toy gun shot her son in the buttocks and also threw rocks at her home.

The stories from both parents differed greatly.


Prior to police releasing the body cam footage, the following video was posted online with the subsequent description:

Very disturbing video. This happened in Spartanburg SC. We were told that this 11 year old boy was playing outside, throwing rocks when the police pulled up with guns drawn. He was eventually handcuffed behind his back and put into a patrol car. This little boy makes good grades, plays basketball, football, baseball and runs track. He also has been a participant in the Omega Camp for four years in a row.

Our question for Spartanburg City Police Office is….does your policing policy include pulling out guns on and handcuffing 11 year old kids??? And yes, we saw the lady pick up the orange tip toy gun from the grass…we were told he was handcuffed because of rocks that were thrown…not because of a very obvious toy gun.

The video went viral and was shared tens of thousands of times being reposted on multiple pages with the same description. The Spartanburg police department was flooded with angry calls asking why on earth a police officer would hold a small child at gunpoint and place him in handcuffs for a toy gun.

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However, it appears from the body camera footage, released by the police department, that the officer never pulled his gun.

This incident began in an eerily similar fashion to that of Tamir Rice who was shot and killed by cops for the same actions as the 9-year-old in the video above. However, this cop chose not to kill.

It appears, from the body camera footage below, that the responding officer acted appropriately.

As TFTP has reported numerous times in the past, police have and will kill children for holding toy guns. Only two months ago, in San Diego, police killed a young boy in a school parking lot for holding a toy gun. 

According to FOX Carolina, the department said they released the entire recording from the officer’s body cam “in the interest of transparency” and to correct some of the misinformation that has been shared.

The only questionable part of the arrest was the officer’s decision to handcuff the small child and place him in the back of the cruiser. However, given the fact that the officer chose not to shoot at or kill the young boy, the handcuffing was overshadowed.

Spartanburg police also shared that their policies based on case law do not prohibit the handcuffing of juveniles or any individuals identified as suspects in the initial phases of a police investigation, reports FOX.

When watching the video below, it is important to remind ourselves about the damaging nature of sharing information that is only half true or completely false. When false information is shared, the entire movement is discredited and set back that much further.

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Any number of other cops, when presented with a child holding a toy gun, could have and would have shot and killed him — or, at the very least, actually pulled out their gun.

The cop in the video below deserves scrutiny for his choice to handcuff the child, but he also deserves praise for sparing the boy’s life.


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    Nah, I’m not at the point yet of praising cops for deciding not to execute children!

    • David Daisy May Boldock

      Only a matter of time though missus.

      • fass52

        Only a matter of time for what? That Black people stop even calling the police and shun them and not communicate with them at all out of fear for being shot and killed for no reason at all. The police aren’t alarmed or go into alert mode when they see white actually carrying real live assault weapons right in plain sight. Don’t even stop them and question whether they have a legal right to do so, but this kid playing with a toy gun should be careful that the police might kill him. Give me a break!

        • David Daisy May Boldock

          Try a bit of history mate if you can be arsed. We in the UK know more about America than most Americans. God knows why when you cannot question you’re schooling but should do, as i for one would have had better things to waste my time on. Racism is still rife in the US has never gone away and will never go away. Now you give me a fucking break and get an education.

          • fass52

            That’s not what Black Brits are saying. You all just can’t kill them with guns, because they’re not allowed. You burned up that building where many of them were living though, and are not trying to find the bodies. Maybe you are the one who should educate yourself and stopped being triggered at every little push back.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Diane Abbott is a brainless racist herself that is not fit for purpose.

          • fass52

            Lol! The usual answer that racists in denial give when called out. What purpose is that fit for other than to prove you’re a liar? lmao!

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            You are one asinine cunt.

          • fass52

            An educated individual knows that name calling is not substance for debate.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Absolutely correct but with types like you one has to have some sort of decorum and say it like it is. As for Abbot she needs a calculator for her two times table.

          • David Daisy May Boldock
          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Lots of racism in the UK not that i give the word any credence whatsoever. Most of it comes from Muslims using the get out of jail race card. Abbott is as thick as pig shit and one of the worst in ‘OUR’ country.

          • David Daisy May Boldock

            Most in Grenfell Tower were illegal immigrants sub letting the place that is why they will never fully know how many were in the building as they fear deportation which they should be. Many have been moved to very expensive broker belt properties where they will pay zero. You by all means go into the tower and dig out what is left. It takes due process and the government have said it will take months to get to the bottom of it. As for supposedly an exploding refrigerator i do not swallow that and think it was done purposely by the scum that live there, and has been happening since. They all want fancy free pads.

          • fass52
    • Guy

      Not that terribly long ago, I could and did travel around my town, with a Shotgun hanging in it’s gun rack on my pickup truck’s back window. This was primarily during bird hunting season, but could be at any other time of the year, and nobody cared, especially City Cops, who had better things to do than hassle folks for the obvious. About the same for, when I was much younger, dressed up in my cowboy outfit complete with six-gun shooters on my hips, marching around the neighborhood shooting bad guys and indians. Then later, it was with my friends, who all had bb guns and pellet rifles, as we walked the creeks shooting everything, including each other, that walked, crawled or moved.

      Now. If I had done any of thouse things. I could expect to be stopped, put into handcuffs, and possibly arrested, or shot and killed, by a nervous as hell cop, who is full of fear for their own safety, not yours or the neighborhoods, and probably hauled off to jail on some trumped up charges, regardless of my age.

      Such is the times that we all live in, and I blame a lot on Hollywood Movies and Piss Poor Training Of Cops, whose methods is to be trained to, shoot first and ask questions second. Because they are basically scared to death all the time, as they are trained to be. Orange tips on toy guns don’t matter to the police, they see a gun of any description,or something similar in their paranoid perception, and their first instinct is to Yell Gun ! And Shoot To Kill ! In About 1 1/2 seconds. Which is less time than it takes to yell their statement, and even sometimes without the yelling ! Just going from fear to death, in a wink and a heart beat.

      Retrain Cops, take the guns away from thouse who are not much more than a typical flat foot, and give them back to the PD SWAT TYPES. Let em wear all the body armor they want for personnel protection, including their tasers, mace and clubs to hit with.

      I think the training that the cops receive today, is a large part of what is wrong, attributing it to being trained as K-9 Attack Dogs With Thumbs ! Which is stupid, wholly unnecessary, and way over the top, of what is the actual reality of the streets of the U.S.A. But more in their minds as a Hollywood Movie Set, and their training officers. Who will brainwash them into thinking that a black man, with his hands raised, that might have a faraway look on his face, is a dangerous guy on drugs, needing to be shot and killed in the name of officer safety, as her husband films it from above in a helicopter, saying “Thats A Bad Dude,” then only to receive a wrist slap, for cold premeditated murder !

      Our dead rate for civilian causalities, as the result of police encounters per year, is more than the entire Country Of England’s police encounters with their population of 25 Million + civilians, has been in the last Quarter Century !

      • Marian Miller

        Well said Guy.

        • Guy

          Thanks Marian.

    • Jennifer Cummings

      Hell no a cop shouldn’t be thanked for not killing person who they shouldn’t have killed.

    • Lori Gunnell

      Exactly. He does NOT deserve praise for not executing a child for playing and MAYBE throwing rocks. WTF!

    • Joseph Wisgirda

      Can you believe that cr#p?

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Spartanburg breeds Spartans…Time they left 776 BC

  • Anonymous

    Cops, especially SWAT routinely point and hold assault rifles on children. I know of one instance where Monroe County Michigan SWAT, when raiding and robbing a legal medical marijuana grow pointed and held their assault rifles at a 9, 11 and 13 year old. The family was at the dinner table, eating pizza.
    The stormtroopers held their weapons on those three children long enough for the 11 year old to get hungry and risk picking up a slice of pizza with one hand. Now I understand “clearing” an area, but I think that treating children like armed and dangerous midgets is a terrible idea and they should have gotten the piss sued out of them.

    • Guy

      Yep ! All cops today are trained to think that all kids no matter what age, are all little dangerous killers, with 9 millimeters hidden in their waistbands, who are just itching to blow a cop’s brains out. Just like on the Hollywood Movie Set’s !

      • G’ma G

        It is the difference between being trained as a military force as opposed to officers of the peace.

        • Guy

          That came quickly to an end shortly after 9/11, and probably well befor.

  • Jennifer Cummings

    The law is clear cops can only detain a person when they have reasonable suspicion of a crime but most diffently not for the cop or others safety.

  • James Dunn Jr

    Ok clearly this situation could have been handle completely different. Now when the video first started i saw what appeared to look likes gun so i was thinking ok he making sure what he was playing with was indeed a toy gun OK cool. Once he realized that that the gun was indeed a toy right then he should have taken the cuffs off and went to the house that called the complaint and tried to find this young man parents. He knew the call was for throwing rocks so @ that point handcuffing the child was not needed @ all once he saw he was no threat and i understand why the mother was upset. Now i agree mom didn’t help matters by allowing the officer to explain the situations then she could have responded but this is example on how you can take a simple problem blow it up to be completely deadly. If cops are this afraid they will be killed because they will show there fear to the wrong person and they will be killed point blank because of there assumption of the wrong person

    • AntLee06

      also look how he made the kid (still in handcuffs) and the mom wait while he did a slow three point turn to park. That is so wrong and just reeks of power trip. Make it worse his back up officer (the one with at least a little compassion) comes and blocks the street anyway

  • Ana Delgado

    when do we need to praise a police officer for not shooting a child?? who is holding a toy gun.. America what the hell have we become.. he handcuffe the mother for yelling at him.. because he had handcuffed and put her 9 year old son in the back of a police car.. yet we are suppose to be glad and yes thank the officer for not killing the child.. this is something really wrong here.. this is not America this is a police state .. you wonder why people do not trust or respect the police.

    • Denny

      Im confused. Is owning an obviously toy gun a crime in south carolina? Such that cops arrest a child for having it? If it is a crime, why are they sold? Shouldnt they be illegal to make and sell? Wtf?

      • G’ma G

        The article alludes that the arrest was for shooting at the neighbor boy. Good point about not selling something to a child that can get them killed.

        • Lonnie Mcdaniel

          the cop said for throwing rocks, he didn’t know about shooting the boy until he talked to the neighbor

          • Lori Gunnell

            He also didn’t know if the child actually threw rocks. He wasn’t there.

          • Damiana

            I absolutely cannot COUNT the number of times a cop has told someone “if I didn’t see it, I can’t make an arrest.” That seems to be a “policy” which varies wildly depending on their mood.

      • Nothing is ever obvious……. Criminals are now painting the tips of gun orange. Now that being said an officer must still be cautious and I believe things should be handle a little different when it is a child

        • fass52

          Everybody on this blog knows that you just handed out a whole bowl of bullshit! Bet you do that a lot.

          • Spoken like a true criminal….Good for you

          • According to the Snopes article entitled “Gangs Paint Gun Barrels Orange So Police Will Not Shoot Them?” that whole “criminals are now painting the tips of gun orange” assertion is ruled FALSE, due to the retraction of the April 14, 2014 “story” by the source, “Call the Cops”, a satirical website.

            According to Call the Cops themselves, “This site is a satire of the current state of Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical work. Stories posted here are not real and you should not assume them to have any basis in any real fact.”

            Now, it would stand to reason that a 9-year old kid would not have the criminal faculties to decide to commit crimes by first rationalizing that he would get away with it by first painting a real gun’s tip orange to make it look fake, but your own confirmation biases makes such a rational conclusion to draw because of your want to characterize this kid as deserving of harsh treatment, aka “just world fallacy”; however, common sense would tell you that 9 year old kids don’t think that way.

            Thus “FAKE NEWS” duped you, Bill. And your biases made you fall for it.

          • Because you saw it on Snopes makes it false ,They were talking about one story ,that was put out on a satire page. The story that Call the Cops put out was fake…. That’s what Snopes was referring to as false . Not that criminals aren’t painting tips orange. Go back and read the story again … This time pay attention to what you are reading. Do a little more research and you will see that they are indeed painting tips. They are also painting guns in whole to make them look like toys


          • Damiana

            You don’t really understand how guns work, do you? If you did, you wouldn’t be so sure that people are “painting” them! Those guns in that article were painted that way by the MANUFACTURERS (with a ceramic-based coating that you can’t just buy at Hobby Lobby) to market them to women.

          • Wait… you saw something that fed your ideological biases published on some rando Word Press blog, complete with pretty little pictures that further confirmed your biases, so now – instead of coming forward with a logical rebuttal of the ACTUAL OBJECTIVELY-SOURCED ACCOUNTABLE JOURNALISM, or at least some list of CREDIBLE SOURCES OF EXAMPLES PROVING YOUR THEORIES/BELIEFS – you want me to lend credence to your deflection because Christina Coleman went on a thought experiment?

            BTW, speaking of “going back and reading the story again” and doing “a little more research… this time (paying) attention to what you are reading”, here’s a passage from the very same link you published to make your half-azzzed point about gangs painting guns: “But who’s to blame here? Individuals who neglect proper gun safety procedures, like locking guns away from children, or manufacturers who paint real guns to look like toys? There’s no doubt that gun owners should be required to learn proper gun storage and safety procedures, but isn’t there something to say for the guns that are painted with whimsical characters and bright colors that might attract children?”

            Improve your reading comprehension skills, Bill. Your understanding of the issue is greatly diminished by your inability to actually read and understand what you’re putting out there ostensibly to try and prove your point.

          • So now, let me quickly and easily refute your confirmationally-biased, backfire effected “argument” about the source of these painted guns (which was not the issue here, but the present discussion that “Gangs Paint Gun Barrels Orange So Police Will Not Shoot Them)… OBSERVE THE GANGS WHO ARE REALLY PROFITEERING FROM CHILD-LIKE PAINTED GUNS:

            Look at all those gangs painting their guns to look like toys, Bill; see any bangers you know, cuz?

          • fass52

            And since you say so it follows that your statement is true? Their was not even a crime committed in the video except by the cops, but everyone else are criminals so you say? gtfoh

        • Damiana

          Bullshit. You can’t “paint” the tip of a real gun – the fact that you believe anyone does proves that you don’t understand the scientific mechanics of guns OR paint.

  • crazytrain2

    Good for you guys, calling out this family and the community for their rabid attacks on the Spartanburg police over false information.

    HOWEVER, how in the hell are you guys going to criticize these people, rightfully of course, but then you title this incident ” watch as police handcuff 9 yo boy and THROW him in cruiser.” There was no throwing, no mistreatment of the child, though I disagree with handcuffing a child unless they are an immediate threat to themselves or others. Maybe the officer did not know how young the child was because his implicit bias caused him to age the black child, and maybe he thought he was dealing with a 20 year old man. The most disgusting thing on either video was the uncle saying “they got this little n—-r handcuffed.” I hate that word, I hate typing it, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why one would refer to a nine year old child as such!

    But every asshole that was spreading the false info and spewing and sewing anger, needs callled out on their garbage.

  • DeAntre Blanchard

    Fuck u and whoever made this poison, so are u saying that we’re suppose to pick a poison, handcuff or death?? It’s a harmless kid…..gtfoh with this bull shit, turn in ur coward ass badge and go get another job. U mufuckas are a disgrace to da human race PERIOD, u have no hearts nor souls….ur time of control and dominance over da world is coming to and end , GOOD RIDDANCE!!

  • Bubba Q Maggot

    rather disturbing that we have descended to a point where a cop is applauded for cuffing a nine year old boy with a toy gun instead of shooting him dead the way so many OTHER cops would have,

    • fass52

      I agree. He may have saved that kids life.

      • Bubba Q Maggot

        he did save not shooting him.

  • Florda Mills

    The boy didn’t get shot so praise God! No actually go fuck yourself, no kid should be shot for holding a toy gun, grown ass white people don’t get shot when holding REAL FUCKIN GUNS

  • Cojones

    Cop had to handcuff the kid to protect himself, he might have another hidden toy gun.

    • fass52


  • Wil Macaroni

    Why good cops like the lady in NY gotta die but bad cops like him……..just go home to they families?smh… aint fair.

    • fass52

      Because of the nature of evil… The innocent ones pay for the evil ones deeds. Only the pure are worthy of sacrifice.

  • Pierre Montsion

    Sparing the childs life cause of a toy gun???? wow US fking A ..long live Canada

  • Two Cents

    Quit Calling the Police out. Handle this little stuff yourself in your own way. When a policeman responds he will handle it how he sees fit. No they do Not want to shoot anyone. You people should quit disrespecting police officers and start being nice when you handle the situation after YOU call them out! Do a better parenting job and start helping your neighbors instead of fighting with them. This 11 year old probably will stay out of hancuffs the rest of his life IF his parents help him to find useful and helpful ways to express himself. Take him to some kind of extra classes like mechanics, computer, crafts, art, museums or something, and don’t let him go around carrying a bb gun as he could put somebody’s eye out with it. Do not let him off your property with it, and set him up some targets like empty soda cans, plastic bottles, etc to practice with.

    • Nine year old kid, not eleven.
      Title says as much. Work on your reading comprehension skills, and quit victim blaming.

  • Amor Terra

    Good grief. Now we’re supposed to “praise” cops for not killing little boys? NOT. Thirty day unpaid suspension for being an idiot. Take the kid by the arm, march him to his mother and tell them both next time something like this happens, he’s going downtown.

  • Mark Stuber

    There is enough ligitimate reaons to criticize cops. You don’t have to resort to a misleading headline. The kid was put in cuffs because there was a report of him throwing rocks. Playing with guns had nothing to do with this incident. smh

  • Angelique Cital

    Are u freaking kidding me?! So now were suppose to praise the cop for not killing this kid?! Thts why they make you find with an orange tip on the ends so u can tell the difference. Nah this cop too much!!

    • whitecat31

      I believe the praise is sarcastic

      • Angelique Cital

        Oh ok , I thought they were serious. Thank u

      • Keren Jeanne

        oh. maybe so.

  • whitecat31

    “I am detaining your for your safety and my safety”.. That’s not a legal reason to detain somebody.. That is called kidnapping. He says their is a complaint that the kid was throwing rocks at a window. (not that a window was broken) . Then the cop handcuffs the mom for yelling at him. WTF. He then says people are in handcuffs until he figures out what is going on. (Again more kidnapping) This was a violation of the 4th amendment. There is no way the officer could possibly be threatened by a preteen age boy who is obviously compliant.

  • Ralph Sassage Circelli

    These are the kind of ill written stories that fire up police haters. This shit needs to stop. The child wasn’t abused. Hell, I was handcuffed when I was a kid for the same thing. Putting a little scare into a kid is not wrong. From all footage shown, I see no abuse or any mistreatment by the officer. Whoever wrote this article is an idiot. Thanking the officer for choosing not to kill anyone? The fuck kind of shit is that?

  • Keren Jeanne

    he KNEW it was a toy gun and still placed a 9 year old in the back of a car. aaaaaand handcuffed him. didnt need to draw his gun in order for me to think this is OUTRAGEOUS. he only cuffd her because she showed anger. smh

  • Ginger Terrell

    Praise him for not killing him…well Matt obviously hasn’t had to experience anything like this. Nah I ain’t praising a Coward. A person so scared due to obvious belief of stereotypes, up bringing, and just being a pu$$y. I don’t care what the so called law says. If most people knew what a lot of these laws across the country says they would be appalled. Black people stop letting your kids play with Toy guns. Teach them how to use real ones.

  • Tamara Reyna

    I fail to see anything praise worthy. The mother should not have been treated that way either.

  • Anthony Perez

    You have to be f***ing kidding me that this hilljack cop is to be praised for not shooting a child for playing? Where was the 911 caller that had rocks thrown at their windows? Why arrest the mother? Of course she is going to be upset. The police officer is talking to her crazy but when she responds the same way it’s a problem. Any mother is going to be upset over her child in police custody, but a black woman is terrified for fear her black son will be killed. And the fact he is only nine doesn’t even make a difference in this day and age.

  • champagne

    FreeThought, tell me you are F-ing joking. This child did not deserve to be placed in handcuffs, nor in the back of a police car. And, giving praise to the cop for not shooting the child? Racism in this country does not escape even the most liberal of white folks and Free Thought Project, you’ve just proven that by your analyst of this incident. Shame.

  • Peter Degenhardt

    “….deserves praise for sparing the boys life.” Seriously???? I mean really SERIOUSLY???!!!! Have to ask though, what the hell planet is this on? I can’t understand a word anyone is saying!!!

  • Ashley Burton

    He should be praised for sparing the boy’s life? WTF? The boy’s life should have never been in jeopardy to begin with. He was playing with an obvious toy gun. GTFOH!

  • Mr Buffalo

    Officers doing their duty,no harm done there…..

  • Lena Marie Lace

    I literally justread this! How are these publishers literally going to say “any number of cops would have drawn their guns and shot at the kid ” why because he stood still and followed the directions of the ignorant ass police officer?! You hand cuff and arrest a child who is not a I’mmediate threat to you?! We have rights to not be held or detained unless it is necessary. That guy is no officer! He frightened that boy and scared the mother unnecessarily detaining a nonthreatening citizen who was worried about her child. It’s equal rights. You have a badge and I’m a regular citizen and should not be treated as a cimimal unless proven to be one. That’s the law fuck what you said .

  • Lena Marie Lace
  • rob gre

    Thank you for not killing a child holding a toy gun. You have done a wonderful job today. Why exactly was the mother arrested too? Moving right along….Black / African American parents you have to think critically. If the police kill our children for having toy guns why the hell are you wasting money to buy these stupid toys, why not buy a book and let them read? For one thing a toy gun today may lead them to want a real gun tomorrow and join a gang! Secondly, the same people who profit from the sales of toy guns, support the police when they kill our children. They are also the same people who enjoy the profits from the sale of real guns. This is a no-brainer why support a system that hates and wants to kill us?

  • chellethesouthernbelle

    Detaining a 9 yr old kid for who’s safety? the officers? what a damn joke!!! The kid’s that’s a joke too…the kid should not be detained in hand cuffs….a scene he caused by him putting a kid in cuffs…he’s an idiot if he thinks mom is not going to upset over that…omg…I’d have been livid too…these asshole think they have the right to cuff people while they question them…if they are that damn afraid of the public they need to find another profession!!!

  • E. Ness Fellenz

    The writer here is obviously a member of the Klu Klux Klan. His mother should have her ass pistol whipped by a cop 👮, and then be advised to go thank the cop for not shooting her. He’s a piece of shit, and the cop is almost as big a piece of shit as the mother who did the world a disservice by spawning him. He’s the kind of bad cop who makes all the good cops look bad too. If a cop has to die because a deranged person feels it necessary to exact revenge for police excess and murder, I pray this bastard who readily threw handcuffs on a black mother without any cause or humanity is that cop who is removed from this life and any further abuse of black women and children. I also pray that his wife and children suffer some criminal violence today. Eye for an eye and karma baby!

  • Joseph Wisgirda

    “Praise for sparing the boy’s life?” ….. You’re kidding me … he deserves praise for lowest common denominator, barely doing his job, and NOT KILLING THIS KID? You are OUT OF YOUR MIND. Their motto is ostensibly “To Serve And Protect” …. so that what happens now, officers who do their basic job get praise, and officers who murder walk away, with little to no consequnces? Howabout we put murdering pigs in jail, and save the praise for something important like saving someone’s life.

    That’s like praising the garbageman for taking out your trash and not screwing it up.

  • Thomass22

    “Any number of other cops, when presented with a child holding a toy gun, could have and would have shot and killed him — or, at the very least, actually pulled out their gun.” …………. What the fuck is wrong with our country, our police have turned into murdering cowards, who want praise for not murdering children .