Peter Casuccio, Ohio Cop, BB Gun

Officer Peter Casuccio stopped two boys suspected of having a gun in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. In a climate where cops are believed to use excessive force or escalate situations, Casuccio used the moment to teach the young boys the harsh dangers of playing with BB guns, according to CNN.

At 5:30 p.m., Casuccio received a “gun run” call. He approached the suspects, an 11- and 13-year-old, as one of them pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband and tossed it to the floor. The alleged weapon quickly broke into pieces, which indicated to Casuccio that it was a BB gun.



The officer said the exchange, which was captured on his body cam and released by the Columbus Division of Police on Monday, pushed him into “dad mode.”

“This is getting kids killed all over the country,” Casuccio is heard saying in the video. “We’re driving down the road, right? They call in and say there’s two young male Blacks…They look really young, and they just flashed a gun.”

The 11-year-old explained he didn’t pull the BB gun on anyone but was running around with it.

“You can’t do that, dude, in today’s world. Listen, that thing looks real, bro” Casuccio explained to the child.
The older boy is then heard telling his friend, “If that was a different cop he would’ve killed you.”  The younger boy apologized for having the BB gun and told Casuccio he didn’t want to be shot.
“You should be sorry, and you should be scared,” the officer said. “Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old?”
Casuccio drove the 11-year-old home and explained the situation to his mother. The teachable moment took place more than 100 miles from Cleveland, where Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African-American, was gunned down by a cop after a 911 call claimed he was waving a gun in a park.
Watch the exchange between Casuccio and the boys below.





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