Proof that fashion can be dangerous: gun-shaped belt-buckle almost gets teenager shot by REAL police

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 It's not just The Fashion Police you need to worry about when you're getting dressed in the morning, folks. No, sometimes the REAL cops have an interest in what you're wearing too, as teenager William Morales, from Key West, Florida, discovered to his cost when police almost shot him, believing his gun-shaped belt-buckle to be a real handgun. According to news reports, they were "milliseconds" away from firing at the teen, which just goes to show: fashion can be dangerous. (As anyone who's ever tried wearing 5" heels can probably testify…)

10 Comments

  • April 10, 2009

    Veve

    just goes to show there’s total morons working for the real police…
    (I mean, why woudl they just shot the poor guy and not like adress him first?? like “hey sir, would you put the gun down” and he’d just say.. its not a real gun and like no problem.. I mean, if this is justified police behavior why not just be shotting every little kid with a water gun, huh?like I said, morons.. I guess anyone can be a cop.)

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  • April 10, 2009

    gokarm

    If someone had a gun mysteriously floating about his or her waist, my first thought would not be ‘MAGIC!”. I generally hate the fuzz and this only deepens that impulse. I’m with Veve, that cop’s a MORON. What would drive him to actually SHOOT the kid anyway? What was he doing? Something about this is very disturbing.

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  • April 10, 2009

    Ma'at

    Policemen in the US tend to think of themselves as the rulers of America. I think many of them were picked on as children. Now given that I know plenty of cops who are great, I’ve met plenty as power-trippy arseholes. They’ve been leading the news lately like the cop in Memphis,TN who was ego-tripping so hard he allowed a man’s mother to die in the back seat of their car because he didn’t want the man speeding to the hospital…. Point of long rant. Fashion may be dangerous but stupidity is lethal.

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  • April 10, 2009

    Carol

    Don’t want to get into a “stupid cop” argument (though I disagree heartily with previous posters), but I must say that not only is the gun belt buckle silly, pointless and practically asking for trouble on the streets but also not very attractive. As a fashion statement, it’s a no in my book.

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  • April 10, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    Now, how can we get Crocs classified as an offensive weapon..?

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  • April 10, 2009

    BIRDY FIGGIS

    The moron here is the one wearing a gun belt! Common sense, people. If it’s shoot or be shot–and how did the cop know it was a belt? would you?–I’m on the side of the cop. And before anyone makes assumptions, I’m a far-left liberal, middle-aged, who is also a realist. The parents of that kid, and the kid himself, are at fault here. And, folks, next time someone mugs you, breaks into your house, follows you home, guaranteed you’ll be calling the “morons” for help. PS-the cop and the mother-in-law story a few posts up–WRONG! The woman was IN the hospital, not racing there in the car, and the guy ran a red light. Granted, the cop should have escorted him to the hospital, quickly and safely. But wouldn’t you want a red light runner pulled over? As for blanket statement regarding any group of people–being a member of a minority, I have been subjected to a lot of people who think all of “us” are the same. It’s childish.

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  • April 12, 2009

    Anna

    Geez, people these days are so paranoid!!
    They could have addressed the guy at first.

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  • April 13, 2009

    Ma'at

    Birdy those were two seperate cases please get your story straight before you go getting all huffy. One occurred in TX the other in TN. In TN the woman died in her son’s car.

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  • April 5, 2010

    Dave

    Not wanting to reopen this argument that seemed to be getting a bit heated, but I think it’s fair to say you have to aportion the blame equally here. Whilst the cop shouldn’t have been so trigger happy, and whilst I’m all for freedom of expression in terms of whatever people want to where, what a stupid and irresponsible fashion statement!

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  • November 2, 2010

    Preston

    I have to say that anybody, that see’s a gun around the waste area in front of the stomach not in a holster can obviously tell it’s not a real gun, hmmmm, it must be a freakn belt buckle. That cop obviously doesn’t know what shapes,sizes,styles, and etc belt buckles come in.So this teenager wanted to express him or herself by wearing a gun shaped belt buckle, who care’s if it looks ugly to some of you all that posted here. I would definitly wear a gun shaped belt buckle, and when some dumb power tripping cop decides to shoot and kill me, yes I might be dead, but less dumb cop on the police force and my family will be getting paid for the reactions of the that brainless cop.

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