After an incident with a toy gun, Philly police charged and locked up a 13-year-old. He says he’s wrongly accused.
A 13-year-old Grays Ferry boy spent nearly three days in custody and now faces criminal charges over what adult supporters are calling child’s play with a toy gun, a case they say is tinged with racial overtones.
Neither the Philadelphia Police nor the District Attorney’s Office will discuss the case because it is playing out in closed proceedings in Family Court. There, eighth grader Zahiem Salahuddin is accused of pointing a $3.50 plastic handgun replica with an orange muzzle tip at a younger boy and pulling the trigger, unleashing a little orange plastic ball that allegedly struck the boy.
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