An iPhone case that looks like a real handgun is causing some controversy.
The phone case is causing some serious concerns among local law enforcement and community activists like Tony Herbert.
"It’s not a joke, this item is being sold in our communities, and we’re now researching exactly where,” Herbert said.
He put out the stern warning, along with law enforcement agencies like the New York Police Department’s precincts who advised people not to buy the case.
The phone case can be easily purchased online but former NYPD Officer Joseph Giacalone said it’s just a bad idea even if it is not legal.
“There's no law per say but you have to use the law of common sense which I've learned in my lifetime isn't very common."
Giacalone said officers constantly face the unknown and sometimes have only a split second to make a decision against a perceived threat.
“Sometimes mistakes happen, they're only human,” Giacalone said.
But sometimes the real weapon really does look fake, like a toy.
Recently, the NYPD’s 23 precinct warned its own officers about a real gun disguised as a water gun.
"Bad guys disguise these guns, they paint them orange, and they put the tips on them to try to trick law enforcement,” Giacalone said.
As for the novelty phone cases, Herbert said he hopes citizens avoid them altogether and calls them nothing less than a death trap.
“Do not buy this item, this will get you killed in our community,” Herbert said, adding that he hopes for legislation to ban the sale and possession of these phone cases.
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