Neighborhood Council Member Calls for Ban on Replica Toy Guns

By Nayeli Pelayo, EGP Staff Writer

In response to a shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Glassell Park by police officers who confused the boy’s replica toy gun for a real gun, neighborhood council member Dr. Stanley Moore, 73, is proposing a ban on all replica toy guns.

According to media reports, on the evening of Dec. 16, 2010, two officers mistook the 200 pound, 5 foot 7 inch body of a 13-year-old boy for that of an adult male. Upon being asked to surrender, the boy produced a toy replica gun and one of the officers immediately shot him unable to distinguish the toy from a real gun.

Moore has been in the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council since 2002 when it was certified. He has been pushing for a ban and said he has brought it to the attention of Councilman Jose Huizar, in whose 14th district the shooting took place.

“This is a very serious problem, I’d hate to be a police officer in the same situation. Do I shoot or do I not shoot? It’s a frightening choice to have to make,” said Moore.

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January 27, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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