On Wednesday [April 28], the anniversary of mass protests caused by Freddie Gray‘s killing by police, Baltimore cops shot and wounded a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica handgun, according to Al Jazeera.
Two officers saw a teenager carrying what looked like a firearm, and they identified themselves and chased after the teen when he ran, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
According to reports, the teen’s injuries weren’t life threatening. Davis told reporters that, “This is exactly what our community expects a police officer to do when they see someone with a firearm. Why this young man chose to flee on foot when he was approached by two Baltimore police officers, I don’t know.”
Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of protests and fights with police in Baltimore following Gray’s death. Angry protesters were met with about 2,000 National Guards in Baltimore, while anger spread from coast to coast in major U.S. cities following the death of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, St. Louis in August 2014.
The death of Freddie Gray was one of several high-profile cases in the U.S. involving Black men dying at the hands of police, which stirred up the Black Lives Matter movement.