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Boy with toy gun fatally shot by NY cop remembered

August 23, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The 20th anniversary of the death of Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr., a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a housing police officer who mistook his toy gun for a real one, is being commemorated in Brooklyn.

Saturday's event is being held at Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Activities include basketball games, dance performances and a toy gun exchange.

The 1994 shooting led to the creation of a local law requiring all toy guns sold in New York City to be brightly colored.

The event will also honor the lives of four Boerum Hill community members whom organizers say lost their lives to police brutality.

 
 

 

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