Three weeks after an Ohio grand jury chose not to charge the police officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was drawing a toy gun from his waist when he was killed, racial tensions continue to run high. In a video that reflects today’s unfortunate times, a man paid two young boys to take their toy guns indoors in hopes of preventing their playtime from ending in tragedy.
The minute-long footage begins with the unidentified man approaching the children. Immediately, the man, who says he frequents that part of town often, pleads with the kids to play with the black plastic guns indoors because both law enforcement and citizens can mistake the toys for actual weapons, a snafu that can prove fatal.
“Do me a favor, take them in the house,” the man said. “Because, you know what? You’ll be watching the TV and a handsome young brother like you can be shot for no reason at all. So please take them in the house.”
As the boys attempt to digest the unexpected request that was made for their safety, the man tells the duo why exactly they are being compensated for bringing the fake guns inside of their home.
“The reason I’m giving you a couple of dollars is I don’t want you walking around with those guns,” he said. “You see them guns right there? That can get you caught up. Don’t nobody know about you, the police see you, he’ll try to take them guns from you while he tries to shoot you. So let me give you a couple of dollars to get off these streets.”
Before the footage ended, the kids headed to their home as asked and the man summed up the experience at the close of the now viral video. “I can’t believe these boys are out here with these guns,” he said.
Watch the footage below.