UK News Boy with water pistol confronted by armed police

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The mother of a black 13-year-old boy says she feels "betrayed" after he was surrounded by armed police when his water pistol was mistaken for a gun.

The boy was "rammed" off his bike, handcuffed and confronted by marksmen in Hackney, east London, in July.

His mother said: "I know - and the police know - that they would not have treated my son in the way they did if he had been a white 13-year-old boy."

The Met Police's Det Ch Supt James Conway apologised for "trauma" caused.

The boy was having a water fight with his sibling on 19 July when a police officer on patrol reported a potential firearms incident, campaign group the Alliance for Police Accountability (APA) said.

 
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