In the city of La Porte, Texas, a mother was arrested for child endangerment and child abandonment. How did she endanger her children? By letting them play outside. That's right. Letting them play outside.
Tammy Cooper allowed her 6 and 9 year old children to ride their scooters on the street on the cul-de-sac in front of their house...something she's done numerous times. She usually keeps an eye on the children from a window or while sitting on the porch. Which, by all accounts, is something that millions of parents have done millions of times. Maybe even billions. It's pretty normal actually. Grant it, in today's world you can't let your kids roam the town alone for hours like in years past. But still, letting them play outside is done regularly. Heck, my neighbor rides his bike up and down the street...just like I did when I was his age.
Well this woman's neighbor, SHELLEY FULLER (publicizing her name as the idiot she is) called the cops on Mrs. Cooper, telling them that her children had been abandoned. When the police showed up, SHELLEY FULLER apparently told the police that she had hit one of the children with her car because they were unsupervised in the street all day. (An obvious lie!) When the police officer questioned Mrs. Cooper about it, she told the officer that she had been watching them the whole time and had never left the premises. Regardless, the officer ARRESTED HER! She spent 18 hours in jail and $7,000 in court and legal fees before the charges were dropped. Worse, her children were taken by Child Services and interrogated, after having to endure the trauma of seeing their mother hauled off to jail. The officer also exacerbated back and shoulder problems Mrs. Cooper has by handcuffing her behind her back, even though she asked to be handcuffed in the front to avoid such injuries.
Mrs. Cooper is now suing the neighbor, SHELLEY FULLER, and the officer, who remains nameless.
Good-freakin-grief! Does no one have a brain or common sense anymore!? Have we really fallen so far in society that we're calling the cops when kids are outside and arresting mothers for something they clearly haven't done!? If the idiot neighbor doesn't have a brain, that's one thing. (Although I figure she did it less out of good intentions and more out of spite...the lie helps that theory) But police officers are chosen and trained to be quick thinking, rational people. That's why it's ok for them to have the authority to shoot someone. But if this guy couldn't see that all this was bogus and unfounded...well, then maybe he needs to find another line of work. I hope Mrs. Cooper sues the pants off of them!
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