A family in Georgia said police officers opened fire on a car containing five children aged 9 to 16, shot at the three kids as they got out of the car and ran away, before crashing. Get into the car and arrest their two brothers.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that Georgia’s Waycross Police Department called them to investigate an officer involved in the shooting that occurred at Waycross around 8 a.m. on Saturday.
According to a preliminary GBI investigation, the incident began when Waycross employees saw a traffic violation at an intersection and tried to get the license plate of the car.
A family in Georgia said officers shot at a car containing five children, aged 9 to 16, before arresting their two oldest children (left). A 15 year old young man (right) was injured in the arrest
Video from the arrest shows a 15-year-old boy with blood flowing down his head. The boy’s father (right) is pictured here during the arrest when it happened
However, as the car approached another crossroads, three children – nine, 12 and 14 years old – got out of the car and ran away.
A second officer came to the scene as a backup, while the first officer followed the three children on his cruiser.
The second officer is said to have approached the children’s car from the front, when the car was coming towards him, at which time the policeman had shot the car several times.
Two teenage boys – aged 15 and 16 – are believed to have stepped out of the car while it was still driving.
After hearing gunshots, the officer first returned to the scene where the car was stopped. The three running children are said to have gone home.
While 15 and 16-year-old male students were arrested, police said there was a clash between the second officer and the 15-year-old, leaving him slightly injured requiring EMS treatment.
The Waycross Police Station in Ware County, Georgia is on fire after allegedly shooting an unarmed 9 and 12 year old child. pic.twitter.com/MIRxVaPZDp
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News footage showed clear bullet holes on the car’s back door, stemming from an officer shooting at the car while the two brothers were still in it.
The child’s father, Dominique Goodman Sr. (pictured), was heard in a video pleading for the police not to shoot his two children while in arrest
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to see what happened
In the dramatic video of the boys’ arrests, the father of the five children can be heard, Dominique Goodman Sr. and a woman begged the police not to shoot his sons while they were lying face down on the dirt road.
‘My children, man! Those are the children men! They are underage men! Goodman shouted as he reached the intersection where his sons were being arrested.
‘Please don’t shoot them!’ a woman standing nearby shouted at the officers.
Three younger children – a nine-year-old boy and girls 12 and 14 years old – told News4Jax that they were on their way back from Walmart when an officer followed them.
They said that the officer didn’t turn on his cruiser to pull them until they got close to his neighborhood, at which point their brother – who was 15 and 16 years old – got scared and told them to go out. and run home. to get their father.
When the three children got out of the car and started running, they said an officer started shooting at them.
The nine-year-old said the officer had shot at least seven bullets and one of them was close to hitting his head.
“It brushed my face,” he told the news station. ‘I could have been shot in the face, but they shot it.’
Video footage of children sitting in cars shows clear bullet holes on the rear passenger door.
“They shot into a car full of unarmed minors,” Goodman said. ‘A car is full of unarmed children. Like who in this world can’t see that this is a 9 year old kid? Who can’t see that this is a child? They look like kids. They are babies. What is the shooting purpose? ”
Goodman said the family was supposed to be together to watch a soccer tournament that two of the kids were playing in Jacksonville, Florida, that morning.
However, he said, the children were very excited, ‘jumped the gun’ and left early without telling him.
The incident with the police happened on the way home from Walmart.
The video also shows a 15-year-old boy sitting in a police car with blood stains on his face.
The teenager then told News4Jax that he wasn’t sure why they were hit for not speeding. He also claimed that during his arrest, while he raised his hand, a policeman shot him in the eye with a gun and another officer shot him in the back.
The family reported that the two teenagers were taken to the police station and held for several hours.
Authorities told News4Jax that the boys were arrested ‘based on the circumstances surrounding the incident’ and that they are now facing several charges.
Police say the 16-year-old has been charged with owning a handgun by a teen who drove recklessly, more heavily than assaulting a police officer, driving without a license and committing violations. stop signs.
Meanwhile, the 15-year-old boy was accused of possessing a handgun by an officer obstructing a felony and stripped or attempted to take the gun from an officer.
Two officers involved in the incident have been temporarily suspended to wait for the results of the investigation.
NAACP’s Atlanta chapter required the police to release the body and the footage immediately so they could do their own investigation of what happened.
“I am very concerned that the shots were fired when children were involved,” Atlanta’s attorney Gerald Griggs, NAACP Atlanta chapter vice president, told Atlanta Journal-Charter. ‘We are concerned that the level of force has been used.’
GBI is still investigating and has asked anyone with information about what happened to call GBI at 912-389-4103 or the Waycross Police Department at 912-287-2921.