There they go again — letting another young gun go free!
For the second time in a week,a Manhattan appeals court has overturned the conviction of a teen found packing heat in a crime-ridden neighborhood after a stop-and-frisk.
In yesterday’s stunning decision, the five judge panel reversed the conviction of a 14-year-old boy with a rap sheet for robbery and grand larceny whom cops found carrying a loaded handgun.
Officer Mourad Arslanbeck said he saw Morant looking up and down the street, and making a quick phone call before he knelt down, removed a white object from his waistband, and slipped it into his backpack.
When the cop approached Morant, the Bronx boy asked, “What do you want from me? I’m only 14,” and claimed to be on his way to an address written on his arm — known to be “a high-crime, drug-prone location,” court records show.
Morant gave the cop permission to search his backpack for his school ID. There, Arslanbeck found the loaded gun.
Morant was sentenced to 15 months’ probation, but appealed.
In a 3-2 ruling, the judges said Arslanbeck lacked both the reasonable suspicion needed to justify patting down Morant and the probable cause needed to search the backpack.
In the earlier reversal, the judges overturned the conviction and probation sentence of Darryl Craig, also 14, who was found toting a loaded .25-caliber pistol. Three months after Craig was busted, he allegedly shot and nearly killed a Queens man.