Legend Preston, who is just 10 years old, had been playing with a basketball when his ball rolled into the street, and he chased after it, only to find several police officers with their weapons drawn.
The New Jersey police officers had been chasing down an adult armed robbery suspect when they came across Legend, who ran from the police in terror because he thought he was in trouble for chasing his ball into the street.
“I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose, and they were just holding shot guns at me trying to shoot me,” Legend said.
Police then chased Legend down an alley before neighbors intervened.
“He’s only 10 years old, how you all chasing him? He’s only a kid. I’m like, that’s messed up,” said neighbor Jackie Kelly.
****SHARE**** ***SHARE EVERYWHERE***Why try to abuse our children and turn our young men in to fearful heartless men… My son is in counselling even scared to go play because it happened right at our house.. You despicable cops have no care for our childten.. My fun loving child is forever changed!!!.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 neighbor's 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!!! #STOPTRYINGTOKILLOURCHILDRENPOLICE
Posted by Patisha Solomon on Monday, August 15, 2016
Legend’s mother later posted a video of her son, in tears and “petrified,” after the incident to draw attention to what had happened.
“These policemen who had guns drawn on my child are still on these streets,” said Patisha Preston.