View Full Version : Abuse of police power ?
09-27-2010, 12:50 PM
I am not sure how I feel abt this....not once do the parents maybe say ummmm, at 15 sex isnt a good idea.....what do you think...also the comments are pretty mixed too.
09-27-2010, 01:11 PM
No officer should be making fake arrests. He'd actually be on more solid ground if he'd arrested the kid for real.
09-27-2010, 01:25 PM
He'd actually be on more solid ground if he'd arrested the kid for real.
exactly!!! I dont get it....
09-27-2010, 02:00 PM
I am not sure how I feel abt this....not once do the parents maybe say ummmm, at 15 sex isnt a good idea.....what do you think...also the comments are pretty mixed too.This incident raises many salient points beyond just whether the officer was abusing his authority or not. (IMO, he was.)
As you pointed out, at 15 and 14, sex isn't a very good idea. And, not just from the legal perspective. In some areas of the country, (like Frederick, MD), teen pregnancies are an epidemic. Who ultimately bears the cost of these 'babies-having-babies'? Society does, that's who. Spend some time in the lobby at any WV DHHR office and you'll understand what I mean.
OTOH, we were all adolescents once ourselves and we know how those hormones rage. If you asked people to honestly tell you when their first CONSENSUAL sexual encounter was, most would tell you that it was sometime before the age of majority (18). Does it make it right? Not really... but to make it a crime may be a bit too harsh. If these children are found guilty of even a misdemeanor sex crime, they will have to register as sex offenders, at least until they're 18 and maybe beyond, depending upon where they live. (Some jurisdictions do not differentiate between sex "crimes" that occur before or after the age of majority, especially when one of the parties was a minor.) Does it make sense to label a 14-year old and her 15-year old boyfriend as sex offenders strictly because they did what nature was pushing them to do? Some on here will say yes. (This ground has been covered in depth before on S&B.)
Here's a radical thought: Instead of making those children responsible - after all, many use the argument that they cannot be dealt with as adults because they're not yet adults - make the parents responsible. Including that blockhead in a cop suit. After all, it was *his* daughter who participated. Sure, the boyfriend is culpable, and so should his parents in this concept. Force both families into counseling and community service, preferably someplace where the kids can see that there are ramifications to their actions.
"Scared Strait" is nothing new. Judges have been throwing kids in jail for an afternoon for many years. And cops often hassle people for no reason. Not sure exactly why this story has gained such prominence. Unless it's that the cop probably could have arrested him for many things - like searching his cell phone and popped the kid for the naked pictures of his stepdaughter. But then he would have had to arrest her too.
09-27-2010, 07:18 PM
I think what he did was harmless, and to be honest, if it were my dad arresting my bf and humiliating me, that would be like arresting me too. He didn't hurt the kid or anything, I don't really see the big deal.
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