AIRSOFT ARREST: A KIND OF BLUE
Airsoft Action|September 2020
HAVING SPOTTED A PIECE ON SKY NEWS, REGARDING THE ARREST OF A YOUNG BOY SEEN PLAYING WITH A TWO TONE PISTOL, FRENCHIE EXPLORES THE QUESTIONS IT RAISED IN THE UK.

The following comes from Sky News and raises a few interesting questions in the UK, where “two-tone” airsoft guns are completely legal...

A Metropolitan Police commander has defended the arrest of a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a toy gun.

Kai Agyepong was arrested by officers who stormed his home with sniffer dogs in Camden, north London, on Thursday 17 July after a member of the public reported seeing a firearm being held by a black male.

But it was actually a BB pellet gun, which the Met said had been fitted with a blue slider (sic) to distinguish it from the real thing.

Kai’s mother Alice Agyepong criticised the force’s response to the incident, adding that she felt her son was racially profiled and her family had been “utterly violated”.

On Sunday, commander Kyle Gordon published a statement saying that - after reviewing the footage from body cams worn by his officers - he was “content” with their actions. He added: “Officers attending reports such as this must treat them as genuine until they can verify whether or not an actual firearm is present.

“Based on the information at hand, the officers acted in line with their training and my expectations - enabling the incident to be concluded as quickly and safely as possible.”

He added: “I have personally watched body worn video of the incident and whilst I can understand concerns in terms of how the incident has been reported in some quarters, I am content from what I have seen that the officers were professional throughout and took time to explain to the residents what was happening and why.

“The reporting member of the public was right to call us and we would encourage others who see similar weapons to do the same. We are committed to bearing down on violence and we rely on our communities to help us do this.”

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