In July of 2019, 10-year-old Gavin Carpenter and a friend were playing outside with toy weapons near a Fort Carson, Colorado intersection, acting out a favorite video game scenario. One of the weapons was an an orange Nerf bow that apparently didn’t work. Gavin had a toy gun with an orange tip. It was also broken. The boys might as well have been using their fingers, or sticks.
As part of the game, they pretended to shoot at passing cars. One driver stopped, and was furious, shouting at the boys, who ran to a grandparents’ house. The man called the police. The County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested both Gavin and his friend. They were handcuffed and taken to the Colorado Springs Police Department for mugshots and fingerprinting.
For pretending to shoot at cars with obvious toys that couldn’t shoot anything. And they were ten.
Gavin was finally released into his parent custody at10:30 p.m. They hired an attorney to help get the charge expunged from Gavin’s record, but the District Attorney was intent on prosecuting. The boys were moved into a diversion program requiring community service,writing an essay, and other hoops to jump through. 216 days later, what was charged as Felony Menacing was finally expunged from their records
Now the rogues gallery inhabiting this revolting episode:
1. Whoever the mega-jerk was who called the police. He could have, and should have, simply told the boys not too pretend to shoot at cars because there are a lot of silly, hysterical, easily triggered people on the road.
2. The police. Sheriff Andy Taylor (from “The Andy Griffith Show”) would have given the boys a stern talking to, and that would have been plenty. Handcuffing and processing the kids is child abuse. It was excessive, unnecessary and stupid. The police involved should be put on administrative leave.
3. The District Attorney. Things must be real slow around Colorado Springs. The arrest and trauma it involved was more punishment than these kids deserved. What an officious, irresponsible bully!
4. Finally, the weenie parents. “Both mom and dad agreed this was a learning lesson not only for Gavin but for them as well,” the news article says. “The kids don’t understand the way the world thinks right now,” Gavin’s mom Stephanie said. “So, they don’t know what we know…they are kids.”
And you and your spouse are cowardly, lazy, submissive adults.
The reason the world thinks like that—hysterically, irrationally—is in part because those who are obligated to get in these officious fools’ faces and tell them to cut it out behave like these parents, and passively capitulate to injustice. This isn’t the time to “pay the two dollars.” This is an intolerable abuse of the law and power. The parents should have gone to the news media, to legislators, to children’s advocates, to the governor, and in addition, sued everyone in sight. A parent cannot and must not knuckle under to mistreatment of their children by the government.
More from the article:
Gavin’s dad has decided since this was all a bit traumatic on Gavin, he is planning some ideas where both of the boys arrested can do some events with police and deputies to help overcome their fears. “Were trying to establish now for the boys a few events to help build trust in law enforcement because it was shattered. We want them to not be scared and show that law enforcement is their friends, and they need to show them the proper respect,” Chris said.
Oh, gee, Dad, why don’t you have the boys lick their boots while they’re at it? The boy’s trust was shattered because the police shattered it with indefensible abuse of their authority. Police who act like that are not the boys’ friends, and until those officers are rebuked and disciplined, the law enforcement in that community doesn’t deserve respect.