Schoolboy, 12, held at gunpoint for playing with toy gun says ‘I thought they would shoot me’

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A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy has been left terrified after being detained by armed cops in his own home for playing with a toy gun.

Kai Agyepong, from North London, said he feared cops would “shoot him” after he was handcuffed and arrested by several officers in the middle of the night at his home – after a passerby reported they had seen a man with a gun through his window.

Kai was arrested after a report of a man with a gun was made to police

Mum Alice with sister Renee, 23, who were taken outside of their home at midnight during an armed raid

Speaking with the permission of his mum from their home, he told Sun Online he now “doesn’t feel safe in his own home.”

It comes amid rising tensions in Britain after a string of incidents where cops have been accused of “racial profiling”.

Little Kai told the Sun: “I was scared they were going to shoot me, my mum or my sisters.

“I do not trust the police and I’m afraid that will come back with their guns.  I don’t feel safe in my home anymore.

“My message to Boris Johnson is – why can’t a black boy play at home with his toy gun without police coming to my house trying to shoot me and my family?”

Kai was sitting on the sofa playing on his laptop next to his mum late one night last month when a passerby peeked through the family’s blinds.

They reported to the police they saw someone with a gun.

Around midnight cops closed off the street, stormed the house and arrested Kai at gunpoint, handcuffing him and putting him in the back of a police car.

Scared, he started to cry: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” even though he had no idea what he’d done wrong.

An emotional Kai said: “I just said sorry because that was the first thing that came to my head. 

“I felt embarrassed and ashamed when I was led away.

“I’m not a criminal and didn’t hurt anyone.”

His comments comes just days after Labour MP Dawn Butler was stopped by police when she was driving through Hackney – and accused them of racial profiling and being “institutionally racist”.

The PM also weighed in, saying the police must act with “fairness and equality” after the incident.

He said: “It’s obviously very, very important that the Met continue to do everything that they can, as indeed they do, to show that they are serving every part of our country, every part of our community, with fairness and equality.”

Alice, 42, is looking to sue the police for racial discrimination

The 12-year-old said he felt embarrassed and ashamed of the incident

The toy gun which was reported by a passerby peeking in the window

Kai’s sister was left bawling as the whole family was bundled outside while the property was searched.

Sniffer dogs, ambulances and multiple police cars were all on standby.

The suspected weapon was later confirmed to be a plastic pellet gun – with no pellets inside.

Cops said it was similar in size and shape to a viable handgun.

Since the incident Kai has been left shaken.

He added: “I did nothing wrong.

“If I could speak to Mr Boris Johnson I would ask him, why can’t black children play at home with their toy guns without armed police coming to their home and arresting them at gun point?  

“Please, talk to your police force.

“I’m only 12 – the police didn’t need to take me away like that.

“I was a normal kid before this happened.  Now I’m scared to answer to open my door in case it’s the police. 

“Maybe someone will make another report and they will come back.  

“I don’t really like talking about what happened, I am just try to block it out.”

Mum-of-three Mina, 42, is now looking to sue the Met police for racial discrimination and has lodged formal complaints.

She wants an apology from officers.

Kai has been left shaken by the ordeal, and is afraid to answer the door

Cops have defended their procedures, and said they would do so again with a similar report.

Commander Kyle Gordon, the Met’s Lead for Firearms said: “A member of the public called us because they told us they saw a gun, and a BB gun was recovered.

“Officers attending reports such as this must treat them as genuine until they can verify whether or not an actual firearm is present.

“Based on the information at hand the officers acted in line with their training and my expectations, enabling the incident to be concluded as quickly and safely as possible.”

The Met said an internal review “has not identified any misconduct issues” but added there had been a “mandatory referral” to the Independent Office for Police Complaints.

This was then passed on to the local Professional Standards Unit of MO19 (Firearms Command).

A spokesperson said: “As there is an ongoing investigation into this matter it would not be appropriate to put the body worn footage into the public domain at this juncture. It will be fully taken into consideration as part of the ongoing enquiry.”

A Met spokesperson added: “It remains a tragic truth that knife crime and street violence in London, disproportionately affects boys and young men, particularly of African-Caribbean heritage, both in terms of being victims and perpetrators.

“Equally, areas of London with higher crime levels, particularly violent crime, often tend to be home to more diverse communities, both resident and transient.

“There are many complex factors at play here but we remain determined to do all we can to protect the people that live and work in these areas as well as those who are visiting or passing through.”

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