omari grant

It’s a sad day in society with an 11-year-old black kid has a gun pulled on him by a cop because he was building a tree fort. And that’s just what happened to Omari Grant and his friends in Henry County, GA.

Grant said him and his friends were playing in the wooded area behind his home and were building a tree fort. That’s until a neighbor called the police to complain.

“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.

In an interview with WSBTV, Baptiste told how her son was harassed:

“So my son was of course traumatized by that,” Baptiste said.

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.

Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

Diamant ran what Omari told him past Edgar Dillard, whose wife, according to 911 records, called in from the next subdivision to complain the boys were “chopping off tree limbs.”

“Yeah, that’s pretty shocking to hear that a gun was pulled on a child,” Dillard said.

And the reason for his wife’s call: “There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards, so No. 1 was concern for the children and concern for the environment,” Dillard said.

If this neighbor was so concerned about the hazards, maybe she should have did the neighborly thing and talked to the kids.

Baptiste has filed a complaint and Henry County’s police department is now investigating the officer

“If it was justified then we’ll deal with it, if it wasn’t we’ll address it as well,” said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.

And if you missed this quote, I think it’s worth repeating. “I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

Omari is 11.

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  • That is why history is so important the Jews say “Never Again”. African Americans need to apply that mantra but it only holds its value if we know the history. The South instituted Jim Crow laws as a backlash against Emancipation and Reconstruction. Now they are attempting to re-instate Jim Crow as a response to Obama’s election. The voting ID laws and the criminalizing of Blackness is a concerted approach. These young boys were being criminalized and being put on notice by the white power structure. Its an intentional intimidation that whites have being using against black folks since we arrived in America. They start early and if we resist they do their best to break us just like that video of the young man being arrested. These are not isolated incidents but that fact that so many of us are apathetic is the reason it still continues. So much for the colorblind society.

  • Meme

    The more stories I hear like this, the more convinced I am that I will move out of this country-its turning into the Wild West or something. When you have to teach your sons how NOT to get shot-its time to go.