NEWARK, N.J. - A 10-year-old boy broke down in tears in Newark, New Jersey, after police chased him down, thinking he was an armed robbery suspect, his mother claims.
****SHARE**** ***SHARE EVERYWHERE***When I could first get Legend to say at least what he could moments after(he was still dazzed) multiple #NEWARKPDOFFICERS CHASED MY 10 YEAR OLD SON WITH OPEN LOADED SHOT GUNS... THE MAN THEY WERE LOOKING FOR WAS OVER 6FT DARK WITH LONG LOCS...THEY YELLED "HIT FIT THE DESCRIPTION!! The man they were chasing atfer was in eyes sight down the next block HAD A GUN!!! THEY WERE READY TO SHOOT!!! BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND MY NEIGHBOUR'S WHO MADE A HUMAN SHIELD TO PROTECT him (side note the cops did not care at all they were even tauting neighbors that were telling at them off for obviously seeing he's a child and chasing him with SHOTGUNS !!! Legend tried shaking it off... This is all I could get ..Anybody that knows my son knows crying he does not do.. He is the ring leading of noise and now he won't stay off his fathers hip.. Scared for his father to leave for work or play outside when he breaks down he says "they tried to kill me mommy" smh #NEWARKPOLICE #TOOMANYSILENT "GOOD COPS" some even family NOBODY checked on my child.. #BLUERUNSDEEP #CITYOFNEWARK silence plays a big part!!! but what do you think my son feels about them now.. He still shaky and as achild this will stay with him forever ... God please just help my child!!??? It will get better for him.... Please spread the devastation they are grooming our children in... they want to create hate and criminals out of our children!!! #STOPTRYINGTOKILLOURCHILDRENPOLICEPosted by Patisha Solomon on Friday, August 12, 2016
Legend Preston can be seen crying in a video posted to his mother Patisha Solomon’s Facebook page Aug. 13 after the incident.
When asked why he was nervous, Legend said, “They tried to shoot me […] the cops.”
Solomon said, “A 10-year-old child with guns drawn on him by the Newark police, and the best they can tell me is go make a report if I have something to say about it.”
According to the family, Legend was outside the family’s home when an armed robbery suspect got away. Police then chased Legend through an alley by mistake. They said he “fit the description” of the suspect.
“Some police started coming this way with guns pointed at me, and then I ran into the backyard,” Legend told WABC.
Solomon said the cops were about to shoot when neighbors came together to make a human shield to protect Legend.
“Anybody that knows my son knows crying he does not do. He is the ring leading of noise and now he won’t stay off his father's hip. Scared for his father to leave for work or play outside when he breaks down he says ‘they tried to kill me mommy’ smh,” Solomon wrote on Facebook.
The fifth-grader was frightened and shaken up but wasn’t injured.
According to WABC, Newark police say their guns were never pointed at Legend.
The actual suspect, Casey Joseph Robinson, 20, was later captured and charged with attempted robbery, police said.
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