Actress Tia Mowry shared that her young son is afraid of getting shot by police.
The 6-year-old, whose name is Cree, told his mom on Saturday that he was scared of getting shot by authorities, according to the “Sister, Sister” star’s most recent tweet.
“My son just told me I’m scared the police is going to shoot me. He’s 6. #pray” she wrote on her account.
Mowry shares son Cree with husband her actor Cory Hardrict, a fellow African-American actor, whom she married in 2008. The family lives in Los Angeles.
Police have shot and killed nearly 500 people in 2017 — and a fourth of those people were black, according to data obtained by the Denver Post in July.
Black people are also three times more likely to be killed by police than white people, according to MappingPoliceViolence.org.
Other similar killings of black men have made headlines in recent years, including the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
A 12-year-old boy named Tamir Rice was also shot and killed in a park in Cleveland in 2014.
These are just a few of many names that have been in the news after having been killed by police — possibly pointing out how Mowry’s young son heard about these instances and why he fears being shot.
Countless people instantly responded to the actress’ post, writing that they were in fact praying for her family.
“It’s sad how black people don’t feel safe around the same police system that is supposed to be protecting them but is seemingly killing them,” one user wrote.
Another added, “Truth is most black children and men all feel the same thing and the sad part is we can’t tell them that’s not true.”