Trust in law enforcement undermined after the arrest of two 10-year-old boys who played toy guns
More than six months after the arrest of two 10-year-old boys at Fort Carson, Colorado, some details of the incident became known. According to the story of the detained schoolchildren and their parents, that day Gavin Carpenter and his friend played with toy weapons, simulating shooting at passing cars.
One of the drivers became furious after he was unable to tell the difference between a toy from a real assault rifle. According to the boys, they used the “Nerf Bow”, it’s a merchandise from the Fortnite game and this toy in no way resembles a real firearm.
“The toy bow was an orange Nerf bow. It didn’t work. Nothing could shoot out of it. Nothing would come out of it. The weapon, well toy I had, had an orange tip. It was also broken and couldn’t shoot anything out of it,” Gavin exclusively told FOX21.
At one point, a passing driver stopped abruptly, got out of the car and began to aggressively yell at the children. After a quarrel, the man called the police.
Just a few minutes later, a patrol car arrived at Gavin Carpenter's house, detained both boys and delivered to the local El Paso police station.
Gavin's parents followed the police car to the Colorado Springs Police Department for mugshots and fingerprinting. Parents also hired a lawyer to help their son, but that day their son left the police station late in the evening with a record of a criminal offense of the 5th degree.
According to the court documents, after the court hearing, a decision was issued to the children, which obliged them to 216 days of community service and a number of other tasks in order to delete the record of a class five felony.
“So if you run his name, nothing will show up, but he did have a Class Five Felony on there for at least half a year,” Chris said.
After all this, the parents of the children tried to restore a positive attitude towards the police.
“Were trying to establish now for the boys a few events to help build trust in law enforcement because it was shattered. We want them to not be scared and show that law enforcement is their friends, and they need to show them the proper respect,” Gavin’s dad, Chris said.
In turn, El Paso police simply sent formal reply to their citizens, offering to use “administrative avenues” if they are unhappy with some actions of the officers.