Running While Black Guilty or Not Gets You Shot

Teen Gets Shot for Skipping School

Georgia police are in the news today after an officer shot a boy who was skipping school. It was all part of an unfortunate misunderstanding.

By Jonathan Wolfe, Thu, September 05, 2013

DeKalb County, Georgia police are in the news today after an officer shot a boy who was skipping school. This is the same DeKalb County police department that made headlines last month for illegally entering a DeKalb family’s home and tackling the residents while threatening to “cane” them.

Today’s incident began when a woman called DeKalb police and said her home had been broken into. Police arrived at the home and found two men inside, but they suspected that multiple other robbers fled the scene.

16-year-old Marquez Redden was walking through the neighborhood at the same time police were searching for the robbers. He was skipping school. When Redden saw the police cars, he ran out of fear that he would be caught skipping school.

A DeKalb officer saw Redden running, and made the shockingly trigger-happy decision to shoot him. Redden was hit in the arm. He is in stable condition at a local hospital.

The officer who shot Redden has been placed on paid administrative leave while officials investigate the incident.



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