Police Apologize to Man After he was Cuffed in Front of Daughter
The workload that has been placed on local law enforcement is mounting daily. They are required to take a whole bunch of new restrictions and enforce them without much guidance or clarification. When they have to enforce the restrictions, they can come across as being bullies or unlawfully taking away the freedoms of people. The fight that they have is trying to balance normal operations and procedures with new circumstances. This is the case of one group of officers and a small family in Colorado.
Matt Mooney and his family were at a local park playing T-ball. The group consisted of himself, his wife and his 6-year-old child. The park was closed for large gatherings but could be used for groups under four in number. There was no one else around. One resident near the park had called in earlier reporting that full softball game was in progress which later led to the altercation at Donelson Park.
The truth is that there are people stuck in their homes because of fear. When they see two people walking close by each other they get scared and call the police. These foolish individuals need to mind their own business and stop being busybodies and nosing in other people’s affairs. All they are doing is creating more work for the police and creating a disturbance in society.
The police have come out and stated that it was clearly “evident there was an overreach by our police officers.” They did issue an apology to the family after they arrested him in front of his daughter. The arrest stated that he was violating social distancing rules by playing with his own family. Now there has to be some kind of common sense with people. The man lives with his family and social distancing likely stops at the front door. So, there is no need for them to remain the six feet apart since they share the same circle of germs.
Mooney did not give the officers his name because he had done nothing wrong. It appeared to him that the police were board and out harassing people. At this point, the officers need to think of the image that they are giving to the little girl. She will grow up resenting the police because of the way they are acting on that day. Mooney stated that “She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested.’ At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me. This is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.”
Based on posted signs and notices the family was doing nothing wrong. All they were doing was getting some exercise as a family. T-ball was the perfect way for their daughter to get out and move around. The nosey neighbor that reported a larger group in the area started the whole fiasco by sticking their nose where it did not belong. No one likes a tattletale.
In an attempt to save face, the police stated that “Although the officers asked them to disperse due to the park being closed, which was incorrect, disbursement was needed due to the state’s public health order regarding group gathering.” It is time for the police to face reality, the family already is around each other so if they were infected they all would have it by now.
When Mooney read the sign stated people could use the park “in groups of no more than 4 persons, parks remain open for walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities,” he thought they were just fine since there was only three of them.
He is right when he noted that the police were not practicing social distancing either when they were in his face and failed to wear gloves when the grabbed him. He noted that “During the contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me, they’re touching me.” They placed him in the back of the police car for ten minutes before letting him go. But when it is all said and done He is right when he stated, “If we’re going to go ahead and start arresting people for no reason in front of their 6-year-old daughter, you’re just going to cause more problems later on.” Those issues will come from the little girl and her perspective of the police later on in her life.