Utah mother says officer pulled a gun on her black son
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother is calling for an independent investigation after she says a police officer pointed a gun at her 10-year-old son’s head in what she calls a racially motivated incident.
Jerri Hrubes said Friday at a news conference that a white Woods Cross police officer pulled his gun on her son, DJ Hrubes, who is black, while he was playing on the front lawn Thursday.
She says the officer came back to apologize after she called to complain, but that she wants the officer and the agency held accountable.
Woods Cross police didn’t immediately return messages Friday about the events.
Police Lt. Adam Osoro told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday that the officer mistook the boy for a potential suspect during a pursuit of two armed suspects. He says the officer acted appropriately under the circumstances.