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9-Year-Old Arrested for Waving Toy Gun
October 29, 2003 — 6:15 pm

From the Morning Journal:

His mother, Tamyka Saunders of Sheffield Lake, said her son, Thomas Clark Jr., told Lorain police when they approached him outside a Broadway business that the gun was a toy. An officer aimed his weapon at the boy’s head, ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested him for juvenile delinquency by reason of inducing panic, according to the police report.

Saunders, 28, was also charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest when she pleaded with police not to arrest her son and to give him a warning, according to a police report.

When I read crap like this I’m instantly reminded of how Robert A. Heinlein’s protagonists treated over zealous “police officers” in his masterpiece The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Essentially, they were shown the nearest air lock, after one or two instances of instant street justice.

Not that I advocate such a thing mind you. It’s just, you know, a pleasant thought that crosses my conscious mind from time to time.


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