At first glance, it sure looks like a real pistol. The pink and white ones, less so, but the black one? Whoa.
Cops and community leaders across the country — and abroad — Wednesday morning are decrying the phone case, urging people not to buy them and calling for a ban.
“I would NOT suggest purchasing this cell phone case, which was designed to look like a firearm,” NYPD Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, the Commanding Officer of the 112 precinct in Forest Hills, Queens.
The cases can still be found online for as little as $10.
Amazon appearsto have pulledthe “Peneric GunPistolShape Plastic Material BackCaseCover for Appleiphone6” that was being sold for $10.10 by Epower Mall.
Trendhunter.com reported last year that the cases also came with an app — to play Russian Roulette.
“Choose between a black, white or pink Gun Grip, then the fun starts. Once you attach the grip to your phone, the accompanying app becomes a digital version of the gun on your phone,”the site said. “Imagine the possibilities!”
“Please folks — this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea,” theOcean CountyProsecutor’s Office in South Jersey said on its Facebook page.
“A police officer’s job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someonedecides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation.”
The outrage has even spread overseas. In the U.K., a Change.org petition calling for a national banhas launched.
John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and on twitter@nyc_oz.