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

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.