DJ Hrubes, a 10-year-old Black child who’s developmentally disabled and visually impared, was enjoying in his grandmother’s yard in Woods Cross, Utah on Thursday (June 6) when an officer rolled up and pulled a gun on him.
Officer Mike Daugherty drew his firearm and ordered the boy to get down on the bottom. Based on Jerri Hrubes, DJ’s mom, she confronted the officer and requested why he was pointing a gun at her son. The officer then reportedly returned to his automobile and drove off with out explaining why.
Based on USA As we speak, Daugherty later returned to apologize, however Hrubes says the expertise made her query her security within the space. Throughout an interview with KTSU Fox 13, the 10-year-old stated he was “simply enjoying, operating.”
Throughout a press convention on Monday, Woods Cross police chief Chad Soffe defended his officer’s resolution to drag a firearm on a disabled little one as a result of that they had obtained suggestions that there was a capturing within the space and that the suspects have been Black, Hispanic or Polynesian. He additionally claimed Daugherty didn’t overstep the division’s insurance policies or protocol and can stay on responsibility.
Jerri Hrubes, who’s white, recognized the officer on Fb after the incident and wrote, “I imagine it’s as a result of my little one is BLACK!!!!”
Space organizers are calling for extra motion. Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Tri-State Convention for Idaho, Nevada and Utah, stated an impartial investigation is important.
“Any time that you simply pull a gun, it may simply go off. We’ve seen that occur earlier than,” she instructed the Deseret Information. Black Lives Matter Utah organizers are calling for the officer to be fired.
Lex Scott, founding father of BLM Utah instructed CBS Information: “That undeniable fact that this police officer nonetheless has a job, and so they’ve defended his actions, sends a message that any officer can exit, purpose a gun at a 10-year-old child, and that’s OK. And that’s not OK to do.”
Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, African Individuals make up only one.four p.c of Utah’s inhabitants.