Just the other day (On Mother’s Day no less) a cop warned a 10-year-old girl that her sidewalk hopscotch game was illegal and criminal damage.
I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to. Here’s a link to the original article.
Lilly Allen, 10, was playing hopscotch outside her home in Kent, England, when she was approached by police officers that her chalk drawings on the public pavement was criminal:
Lilly’s father Allen told the newspaper:
“Two policemen in a car drove up to her and said it was illegal to draw on the floor as it was criminal damage. I am absolutely seething they have done this.”
Has this world gone crazy?
I hate to start ranting about politics, but this story really affected me. I have a young daughter myself and I would LOSE IT if some cop told her that.
Here’s a statement from the Kent police department:
“We are trying to trace the officers, who are reported to have made this comment. From the circumstances described, it would not appear to have been necessary to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid may be criminal damage and illegal.”
I can’t get over this. Every time I read that response from the police, I get even angrier.
Now they are even trying to steal our children’s innocence.
All for the sake of “control” or “being tough on crime.”
I mean really. After what we saw in Boston recently, it seems that some of these cops are being trained like robots with no brain and no compassion and no sense of the freedoms we once cherished.
Sure there are a lot of great cops out there, and some of them are my friends. But there are also a lot of bad ones out there too – as we’ve been seeing a lot lately.
My suggestion to you is to fight back in the best way you can.
Let me know what you think.
I really hope I’m not alone in my anger about this.
* Published on May 17, 2013