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Lawmaker: Toy Guns Should Come in Bright Colors

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A state legislator whose grandson was with a West Memphis boy when the boy was fatally shot by a police officer says toy guns should be painted in bright or unrealistic colors that make it obvious they are not real.

DeAuntae Farrow, 12, died after he was shot by a West Memphis police officer who believed the boy was carrying a gun and refused to obey orders to halt.  Police were on a stakeout at an apartment complex near where Farrow was playing.

Representative Otis Davis of Earle says he will introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to paint toy guns in unusual colors.  Davis says he wants to help prevent tragedies like what happened to Farrow.

Farrow and Davis' grandson, 13-year-old Unseld Nance, were playing outside their apartment building June 22 when Farrow was shot.  A state police investigation concluded that the officer shot the boy because he was holding a toy gun that appeared to be real.

The officer who fired the fatal shot, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Arkansas State Police, the U.S. Justice Department, and the West Memphis Police Internal Affairs Bureau.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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