Unarmed black 14-year-old shot seven times by New Jersey police
Last night in New Jersey, 14-year-old Radazz Hearns was shot seven times by an officer as he attempted to run away. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Trenton, New Jersey.
A witness, Rhonda Tirado, said, "Those police were amped and they didn't give that little boy a chance. There was no room for no chase. They just shot that little boy right there." Tirado says an unmarked van approached Radazz and his two friends, and officers emerged from the vehicle to question them.
Police were reportedly responding to reports of shots fired in the area. Half a day later, a .22 caliber handgun was found near the scene. The shots were fired in the opposite direction of the where the boys were sitting.
"The police will need to justify why they were trying to execute a 14-year-old boy. You don't have the right to be judge, jury and executioner," says Hearns family attorney Samuel A Anyan Jr.
Radazz was shot six times in the legs and has a bullet lodged in his pelvis. He is currently in stable condition.
Facts about police shootings:
In a recent data analysis, the three cities with the highest rate of police shootings are Chicago, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.
African Americans comprise a third of the population of Chicago, but make up two-thirds of police shootings from 2010 to 2014.
The officers at the scene of Radazz Hearns' shooting say they witnessed Hearns reaching into his waistband, which prompted one officer to open fire.
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