LOS ANGLES – It a tragic day as LAPD officers mistakes a gun shaped iPhone case and shots a black teenager.
LAPD officers responded to an emergency call claiming, “A black teenager is walking around white neighbourhood flashing gun”.
Officers arrived on reported location within 10 minutes. Teenager was approached and asked for his identity, he dropped a gun and tried to reach it. The police officer (Jim Wood) made a split second decision and shot the teenager. The identity of teenager has not been disclosed yet.
Sergeant Jim Wood who accidentally shot said:
“People carry their cell phones in their hand or front pocket, and if someone reaches for back pocket, in my mind, they’re reaching for a gun! We won’t hesitate to shoot if you have a gun! But apparently it wasn’t, and it was too late.”
Te biggest danger associated with a new iPhone case is that it might fail to protect the pricey product if you drop it. But police and others have far more serious concerns about a case that appears to be gaining in popularity.
Officer Jim Wood said “Do not use these iPhone covers as they might get you in trouble. This cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officers job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation?”
The cell phone case is sold online by various retailers and goes for about $5 – $49 and comes in several different colors. Comes with an app that makes gunshot noises that come from the speaker when you pull the trigger on the gun.
The product page of this gun shaped case explains..
“The Gun Grip Case transforms your iPhone into a handgun! Available in black, white or pink, this fake ‘pistol’ works with an app so you can interact with a digital version of the gun in the same colour on your iPhone screen. You can play games of Russian Roulette at parties! Don’t worry, you can’t actually shoot anyone!”
This may look “cool”, but the police is warning “Only an absolute idiot would think that having this is a good idea. You are making yourself a future headline on your local news. Carry this phone case at your own risk. It will more than likely cost you your life.
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