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A Georgia police officer allegedly pulled a gun on a 5th grader who was building a tree fort.

Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends play often in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor called police to complain. 

From WSB-TV:

“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother. Baptiste told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that Henry County police officers walked Omari home last week. […]

Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home. “I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

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Omari said the officer also used foul language and made him and his friends lay on the ground. “I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

In the phone call to 911, the neighbor complained that the boys were chopping off tree limbs. No arrests were made but the department is now investigating the officer’s actions.

 

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