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March 17, 2007

Police Arrest 7-Year-Old — Including Fingerprints & Mug Shot

by Brad Warbiany

What did this little hellion do? Murder a fellow child? Burn down the elementary school? Nope…

He rode a dirtbike on the sidewalk.

Police in the eastern state of Maryland arrested a 7-year-old boy and hauled him to jail, where his mug shot and fingerprints were taken on a charge of riding a motorbike on a sidewalk.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore police department told AFP that the incident, which has sparked controversy, took place on Tuesday after a police officer noticed the boy riding the dirt bike.

“The officer confiscated the bike and it was towed while the 7-year-old boy was taken into custody and transported to juvenile booking,” said the spokeswoman, who did not want her name used.

Wow, I feel safer.

I hope this kid learned his lesson. No, I don’t ask that he learns a lesson about not flouting the law. I hope he has learned the true nature of government.

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

When our government will blindly arrest, fingerprint, and book a 7-year-old in the name of “safety”, perhaps our government needs a little reminder that they’re here to serve us, not control us.

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  • matt

    you do realise that it is illegal to ride dirtbikes in the surburban parts of Maryland. its always really annoying to be woken up by some kid on his new dirtbike.

  • http://wingsandprayers.eaglewoodsnest.org Birdie

    Police and politician DO come from the same Latin root word, and there is a reason for that. Police officers enforce laws, whereas a peace officer keeps the peace. A peace officer would have taken the boy home for his parents to deal with.

  • Nick M.

    Ahh, Matt’s poor widdle ears hurt. Why don’t we just make anything that annoys matt illegal. Even if it is illegal, what the hell is a cop doing yanking a 7 year old off of the street, handcuffing him and taking him in to the station for questioning? Is he a murderer? Holy fucking shit, why didn’t the cop just kneel down by the kid, and explain that the sidewalk is not the place for his mini-bike? Tell the kid and the mom, that if it happened again, he would have to take the bike. Can we please get some common sense back in the game?

    Nick

  • James Bishop

    I don’t think the cop acted properly, although he/she may have been bound by the law itself to act in the way reported. In that case, the police did what they are required to do. They enforced the law as written.

    My question is, what idiot buys a seven year old a dirt bike? How dumb is it to compound the initial stupidity by turning the kid loose on the town? A seven year old on a dirt bike isn’t just too damned noisy, which SHOULD be illegal by the way. The kid is dangerous to anyone attempting to walk on the sidewalk, a place where motorized vehicles are not expected to be.

    I wonder if the kid was wearing a loaded side arm as well.

  • Nick M.

    James,

    Did you bother to click the link? It is not policy to do what the cop did. It is policy to talk to the parents. Maybe you should do a little research on dirtbikes as well. They make dirtbikes that have tiny little 50cc engines. Perfect for young kids to learn on. I see that you are as big of a tool as matt though, about the noise. It always amazes me that people want to make noise illegal. Maybe you could just talk to the person making the noise and ask them keep it quiet between certain hours. As far as being on the sidewalk goes, that’s what the article was about, and your right, there should not be motorized transportations on sidewalks, this includes motorbikes, scooters, segways, rascals, etc. It also includes bicycles.

    Nick

  • James Bishop

    >I see that you are as big of a tool as matt though, about the noise.

  • James Bishop

    Reread my first paragraph.

    Nick, the “first paragraph” is the initial group of sentences (You know about sentences?) that are separated from other groups by an indentation or a space and together complete a thought (You know about thought Nick?).

    For me, the definition of “tool,” (See “idiot,” “immature,” “childish,” “red neck,” “uneducated,” and/or “moron.” You do have a dictionary don’t you Nick? And, you do know the alphabet?) is “One who cannot engage in a discussion without becoming insulting and aggressive.”

    Here, I am returning fire.

    What was the cause Nick? Could it have been your toilet training?

  • Nick M.

    Okay James, I’ll make it easy for you.

    James – “I don’t think the cop acted properly, although he/she may have been bound by the law itself to act in the way reported. In that case, the police did what they are required to do. They enforced the law as written.”

    Nick – “Did you bother to click the link? It is not policy to do what the cop did. It is policy to talk to the parents.”

    Got that? The cop acted against Standard Operating Procedure.

    James – “My question is, what idiot buys a seven year old a dirt bike?”

    Nick – “Maybe you should do a little research on dirtbikes as well. They make dirtbikes that have tiny little 50cc engines. Perfect for young kids to learn on.”

    I didn’t respond to the statement about turning the kid loose on the town, because I agree that turning a kid loose without supervision is stupid.

    James – “A seven year old on a dirt bike isn’t just too damned noisy, which SHOULD be illegal by the way.”

    Nick – “I see that you are as big of a tool as matt though, about the noise. It always amazes me that people want to make noise illegal. Maybe you could just talk to the person making the noise and ask them keep it quiet between certain hours.”

    Yes, I called you a tool. Because I took your statement to mean that you want it to be illegal for people to be noisy. If I misunderstood, please clarify what that statement meant.

    James – “The kid is dangerous to anyone attempting to walk on the sidewalk, a place where motorized vehicles are not expected to be.”

    Nick – “As far as being on the sidewalk goes, that’s what the article was about, and your right, there should not be motorized transportations on sidewalks, this includes motorbikes, scooters, segways, rascals, etc. It also includes bicycles.”

    I actually agreed with you here, and added other things that don’t belong on sidewalks.

    Yes I insulted you. Because people who want to make things that annoy them illegal deserve to be insulted. Why do I believe that they deserve to be insulted? Because they are cowards. Instead of addressing the problem face to face, they want to make the annoying act illegal, and the offender a criminal. Then they can use the force of law to remove the annoyance without ever having to personally do anything. Talk about aggressive.

    Nick

  • James Bishop

    ➢ Yes I insulted you. Because people who want to make things that annoy them illegal deserve to be insulted. Why do I believe that they deserve to be insulted? Because they are cowards. Instead of addressing the problem face to face, they want to make the annoying act illegal, and the offender a criminal.

  • James Bishop

    You have part of the above correct.

    I do want to make some annoying acts illegal and operating a noisy motorbike is one. Letting an underage person operate a vehicle on public property is another. These are among the rules civilized people accept because there are idiots in the world who maintain that they have the right to be noisy at all hours, disturbing others with their loud engines, automobile sound systems, and rebel yells “‘cause this’s ‘merica!”

    You mistake “liberty” for “license.”

    As for “coward,” drive through the ranch on your dirt bike some evening and see how that turns out for you.

  • James Bishop

    By the way, did you check the link yourself?

    Nothing about “policy” there.

  • Nick M.

    James,

    You’re correct, that article doesn’t mention the option of talking to the parents. I read that in the MSNBC article about the incident. I apologize.

    I agree that quieting down after a certain hour is civilized. So is talking to your freaking neighbors, instead of the calling the cops on them for every little thing. I live in an apartment complex full of UofA students. I know all about noise. Yes, it’s annoying to be woke up at 3 am, when I need to be at work at 6. I’m sure as hell not going to call the cops though. I turn over, and go back to sleep.

    I’m sticking with my coward statement. Anyone who wants to passively/aggressively enforce their personal worldview via the law is a coward.

    Nick

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