The world we live in seems to be getting more and more ridiculous. Our government needs a reset button. I don't mean to erase everything, just reset it back to the Constitution and let's roll from there.
Things are so bad that kids can't even play outside with Nerf guns without being arrested, because that's exactly what happened in Colorado.
What is the world coming to when kids can't even play outside and just be kids without having to worry about being arrested for playing?
It's hard to even believe that this is a true story for a number of reasons. Why someone would feel threatened enough to call the cops on 10-year-old boys playing and why the police would go with it and actually arrest a 10-year-old for doing what 10-year-olds do.
What is it lately with police feeling macho enough to arrest kids? In the news recently there were incidents of police arresting an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old.
The kids were playing "Fortnite" outside is all they were doing. One of them even had an orange Nerf bow that didn't work.
A Fort Carson family wants to share their story with others after their 10-year-old son was arrested and charged with Felony Menacing, a Class 5 felony, which has since been expunged.
“They came back over, told me my rights, and told me what was going to happen. They put handcuffs on me, and I got into the car,” 10-year-old Gavin Carpenter said.
The incident happened in July of 2019.
FOX21 exclusively interviewed the 10-year-old. Gavin said he and a friend were playing outside with toys near N. Powers Blvd and Constitution Ave. He said they were playing a version of the video game Fortnite.
“The toy bow was an orange Nerf bow. It didn’t work. Nothing could shoot out of it. Nothing would come out of it. The weapon, well toy I had, had an orange tip. It was also broken and couldn’t shoot anything out of it,” Gavin said.
Gavin stated they pretended to shoot at about 5 to 10 cars until one man stopped. He said he and his friend ran to his friend’s grandparents’ house.
“He slammed his breaks and started reversing as fast as he could,” Gavin said. “He came up and started getting very heated and was very mad. I was at the time, very scared.”
The man called the police. According to the Carpenter family, El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested both Gavin and his friend. He was handcuffed and taken to the Colorado Springs Police Department for mugshots and fingerprinting.
Gavin’s parents, Chris and Stephanie, followed the cars to the police station. They said that night Gavin wasn’t released until 10:30 p.m.
They immediately hired an attorney to help get the charge expunged from Gavin’s record. They were set a court date, and when they arrived, they were taken to a separate room instead of seeing a judge.
“It was just a hard no, that the District Attorney wasn’t going to throw this out,” Gavin’s father Chris said. “That is when we moved into the diversion program.”
The diversion program required Gavin to do community service, submit an essay, and other tasks before the expunge could happen. After 216 days of fighting it, the felony was finally expunged.
EPSO released this statement when we asked about the arrest:
“If anyone is dissatisfied with the actions of any employee of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, they have administrative avenues available to them. We encourage citizens to take advantage of those avenues.“
Let me tell you a brief story about myself when I was about the same age. I was playing at a friend's house and we were playing "army" outside. We ended up getting one of those metal air cartridges and tied it to some fishing line and hung it over the road from a tree.
I don't know if we even had a real goal in doing this, but what ended up happening was that a car drove by and we couldn't get the cartridge pulled up in time and it broke his windshield.
No cops. No arrest. We had to pay for the windshield, but we learned our lesson.
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