A 14-year-old boy has been charged with allegedly trying to drown a black teenager in a Cape Cod pond while calling him racial slurs – and while another white boy laughed and called him ‘George Floyd’ as a result of he could not breathe.
John Sheeran, 14, appeared in a Boston-area courtroom Monday after being indicted by a grand jury on fees of tried homicide and assault with a harmful weapon within the alleged July 19 assault. NBC Boston reported.
The alleged sufferer, aged 15, mentioned Sheeran and another boy – who has not been recognized or charged – threw rocks at him as quickly as he arrived to meet them that day at Goose Neck Pond in Chatham.
When he was compelled into the water, he was carrying a life vest as a result of he didn’t understand how to swim, a police report additionally mentioned. obtained by the Boston Globe.
Sheeran then swam up to him — and pulled him underwater 4 or 5 occasions while calling him the n-word, in accordance to the affidavit.
The alleged sufferer yelled at Sheeran to cease as a result of he could not breathe, in accordance to the report.
The different boy “then started laughing and called me George Floyd, visibly mocking me and showing NO remorse,” the accuser wrote in his police report.
A witness, additionally a minor, instructed police that he heard the boy ask Sheeran “not to splash him or push him because of his inability to swim” and that he noticed Sheeran and the another youngster “push his head underwater” while he was “screaming for help.”
“When I finally got to them, they were smiling,” this youngster wrote.
Sheeran was charged as a juvenile offender, which means his trial is open to the general public and he might be sentenced as an grownup if convicted, in accordance to reviews.
He left his bail listening to together with his father and a brand new GPS monitoring gadget.
He made no remark throughout the listening to.
Sheeran’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, lamented that the accusations have been “exaggerated.”
“They were playing in the water and it clearly got out of control,” he instructed the Globe.
The identical day, Sheeran punched an Asian boy within the face after the boy called him fats, Cape and Islands District Attorney Eileen Moriarty instructed the decide, in accordance to CBS.
Sheeran’s listening to was attended by dozens of neighborhood members, together with members of the Cape Cod NAACP.