14-year-old Radazz Hearns ... before being shot seven times by New Jersey police
Ladies and gentlemen,
this is your America
Rhonda Tirado was in sitting front of her Trenton home Friday around 10:20 p.m. when she saw an unmarked gray minivan abruptly stop across the street and three police officers got out to question the trio of teens.
She saw Hearns, who she only knows by his nickname "Rha Rha," run from the officers, and then the gunfire erupted, she said.
"Those police were amped and they didn't give that little boy a chance,'' Tirado said Wednesday, while re-enacting the shooting where the encounter started. "There was no room for no chase. They just shot that little boy right there."
The police, not really having another story to concoct, pretty much state that this is indeed what happened—except, of course, they claimed that when they shot Hearns, over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, they thought he was reaching for a gun in his waistband.
Except, when they got to him, he had nothing.
As he turned and ran, Tirado said she saw him grab his red sweatpants to keep them from falling.
"I don't think those little boys had no clue what was going on,'' Tirado said. "I think they was at the wrong place at the wrong time.''
Tirado said she saw the three teens pass her residence about 15 minutes before the shooting. As they returned on Louise Lane, they were laughing, joking and didn't appear to be in a hurry before the minivan stopped, Tirado said.
The attorney for Radazz Hearns has stated that not only did police roll up in an unmarked vehicle, they weren't in uniforms when they got out of the vehicle late at night.
Like magic, though, a full 12 hours after they shot Hearns seven times, police claimed to find a gun near the scene underneath a vehicle.