GUTHRIE, Okla. — Two Guthrie families have filed a tort claim against the City of Guthrie following an incident involving two boys and a toy gun.
Layton Jeffries, 14, and 11-year-old David Scott were playing with a toy gun across the street from Jeffries’ home.
They say an off-duty Guthrie Police officer stopped the boys and drew his weapon, pointing the firearm at the boys.
According to the tort claim, Jeffries was empty-handed.
Scott was playing with a plastic, orange-tipped, toy handgun.
The officer told the boys to drop the “weapon” and allegedly yelled, “What the (expletive) is this?”
Scott remembers, “I thought they were going to shoot me execution-style.”
According to witnesses, Scott dropped his toy gun but the officer did not drop his weapon until Jeffries’ mother walked up.
Layton Jeffries remembers, “All I said is that we were only 14 and 11 years old and we weren’t doing anything wrong.”
The families feel like they were targeted because of the color of their skin.
Both boys are mixed race.
The families’ attorney, Alex Bednar, has filled three other claims against the City of Guthrie for similar incidents.
“There’s no time or place for racial profiling and targeting certain people because of the color of their skin is inapropriate in this day and age,” he said.
The city attorney for the City of Guthrie, Randel Shadid, provided this statement about the tort claim:
“We’ve already investigated this incident. The families weren’t happy with the outcome of the city’s investigation. We’re proceeding with the legal municipal process.”