New Jersey cops mistake 10 year-old black boy for adult suspect, chase him with guns drawn

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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.

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.