KING: Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., caused great harm by holding five innocent black boys at gunpoint

KING: Cops who held 5 innocent black boys at gunpoint caused harm – NY Daily News – None of the boys were armed — and police later admitted that these boys were not the suspects they were looking for. Everything about how this went down was wrong, but from the very beginning the police on the scene seemed to believe they were providing the community with a great service.

They weren’t.

First and foremost — these kids didn’t do anything wrong. And it’s unclear if the young man involved in the earlier fight actually had a gun at all. Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable. Whatever the case, these five kids weren’t in that fight and were completely unarmed. To force all of them into a terrifying situation based on one unconfirmed report is a uniquely black experience. If such incidents happen in white communities, where elementary- and middle school-aged boys walking home from the park get swarmed by police at gunpoint, I’ve never heard about them. But this happens to black folk in America every single day.

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