September 27, 1994 started out a beautiful day for 13 year old Nicholas Hayward jr, but would soon would turn into a day of mourning. According to his father Nicholas Sr., his son wanted to pursue a career as a doctor or professional basketball player. He spent a lot of time practicing his basketball skills and had just made the team at his school days before his death. On the day of September 27, 1994 Nicholas had just finished his homework and asked his dad to go and play with his friends in the housing projects where they lived. His dad agreed . The boys decided to play cops and robbers on the rooftop playing with their toy guns. They soon came inside to play on the staircase . At the same time, Brian George, a housing police patrol officer, was responding to a report of a man with gun at the housing project and possible gun shots having it been fired, rushed up the stairs where the boys where 13 year old Nicholas was holding a 18 inch toy riffle, he told the officer Brian “ We’re doing a Playing” according to friends the officer shot him in the stomach within seconds. Nicholas died later in an Manhattan hospital. The officer was not charged. In 2016 the case was reopened th officer has yet to be charge. His father Nicholas Sr continues to fight for justice and toy manufacturers that make toys look like real guns.
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