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Response to Roland99 (Reply #43)
Wed May 9, 2012, 01:43 AM
davidthegnome (2,470 posts)
45. Evidence of a crime
I wasn't there to see what took place during the arrest of the teenagers, I don't think it's available on video. The police had a valid reason to question the two kids. Probably not to arrest them - but the charge is disorderly conduct, so I'd imagine that the teens (one or both) reacted to questioning in a threatening manner. Maybe not. Either way, emotions were flying, tensions were high, the kids were probably scared, but so were the cops.
What we can say for certain is that the Mother deliberately moved a vehicle that was being used for cover, by police officers, during a shoot out. That is at least a foolish and indecent action if not one I would consider suspicious. Look at it this way - you're a cop in the line of fire, a woman removes your cover, placing your life at risk, you then notice that her twins are recording the whole damn thing from a balcony. There really isn't any way to be certain that there wasn't a connection between the family and the shooters, nor to know why the scene was being recorded and what was being done with the recordings. How could they know whether or not the kids had anything to do with what was going on?
I think the arrest is somewhat over the top, but these aren't normal circumstances. Under normal circumstances, the kids would have been questioned, possibly with a lawyer present - but the evidence could still very well have been seized. Also... doesn't it strike you as just a bit odd that some kids are up on a balcony recording a shoot out between police and some unknown criminals? My first thought would be to get the hell out of the way...
This isn't a case of some kid getting beaten up by cops for no reason, nor even of unlawful search or seizure. If misconduct on the part of the police in question can be proven, then hell, I'll scream for their badges myself. As far as I can tell though, all we have is speculation either way.
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