TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the release of the names of the officers who shot a teenager they say pointed a gun at them in Trenton
The civil rights organization sent a letter to state Attorney General John Hoffman on Wednesday saying the Aug. 7 shooting raises concerns about excessive use of force.
Earlier this week, investigators said 14-year-old Radazz Hearns pointed a gun at police.
Law enforcement officers and witnesses said the boy pointed a .22-caliber handgun at the officers when two state troopers and a Mercer County sheriff’s officer began to chase him.
Investigators said the gun was found the following morning under the tire of an emergency response vehicle near where Hearns was running.
Hearns was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, third-degree aggravated assault, and fourth-degree possession of a defaced firearm.
He was treated at a hospital for his injuries and has since been released.
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