Nobody in immediate danger? From what the cops know, there's a guy with a gun. They see the gun and see it get picked up by the kid, so instead of parking at the curb and walking over to investigate, they get closer so that they can use their car for cover. Tactically there's nothing the cops really did wrong here. Could it have been better? Always, but that doesn't mean they were wrong or acted hastily.
Cops want to go home at the end of each shift. That's the goal every single day. Go home. They are responding to a person with a gun call. They approach and give commands for the kid to put his hands up and he reaches for a gun. The kid didn't deserve to be shot (his parents failed him and that is the cause here), but he did earn the shots by his actions. I understand that may seem nonsensical, and if you don't get what I'm saying there, I'll try to explain it better. I don't think the kid was necessarily malicious or a bad person. He's a kid playing with a toy gun and not understanding the implications of doing that in public and what a gun signifies, toy or not. However, that's not the way ANY cop does or should view it. You drop your guard and say "oh, it's just a kid" and that kid ends up shooting you with a real gun, then what?
There's literally no version of this case where the cops were wrong. Yet, people will say they were. It boggles the mind.
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