Boy, 11, arrested in Granite City for playing with toy gun -

Boy, 11, arrested in Granite City for playing with toy gun

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The Granite City Police Department said it was justified in arresting an 11-year-old boy for playing with a toy gun even though a witness and the boy's family tell a different version of what happened.

Chris Fulton, 11, said he pulled an air soft pistol out of his pocket while crossing the street near a laundromat at the intersection of Nameoki Road and East 23rd Street. Fulton said the he was playing with others and the gun was not loaded with any plastic balls.

“I was fake shooting with my brother and others,” Fulton said.

Granite City police said they received a call from a driver who said two boys were crossing the street slowly. Police said the driver asked the boys to hurry up before Fulton pointed the toy gun at him.

“The juvenile in the green shirt pointed what appeared to be a real gun as he walked towards the sidewalk,” said Granite City Police Chief Richard Miller.

Fulton denies he pointed the toy gun at anyone.

Police said they saw the toy gun in Fulton's front pocket when they arrived. Miller told News 4 officers on the scene drew their weapons, but did not know Fulton's age and did not know the gun was a toy.

“As they pulled on the lot they did not know his age, they did not know it was toy,” Miller said.

Miller also said police did not read Fulton his rights and were under no obligation to do so because they did not question him.

Fulton's family said the accusations by police are false. Fulton's mother said she is upset with how police handled the situation. She wants all charges dropped.

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