The mother of an eleven year old knew they would be coming for her child. Why remains a mystery, which is likely for the best. It can’t be a good thing when an eleven year old gets arrested. But as a mother, as a person, as a Texan and as an American, she did the one thing she could. She asked the police officers at her front door to show her the warrant.
Via MyFoxLubbock by way of Turley :
Slaton police came to this woman’s house, who wishes to remain anonymous, to arrest her son. But by asking one simple question, she found herself behind bars instead.
“I told him, ‘I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.’ Those were exactly my words,” The complainant said
The mother said that she was aware that there was a criminal complaint made against her 11-year-old son and simply told police “I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.’ She says that the officer responded:There is likely some confusion about the legal significance of the officer’s reaction to the outrageous query to see the arrest warrant for her 11-year-old son. When the officer responded, “this is how you want to play,” it was a slap across his face, even if only metaphorical. You see, the officer said so. The officer told her that he was there to take her child. What place does a mother have in Slaton, Texas, questioning the inherent credibility of a police officer. He said so, dammit.
“He said, ‘This is how you want to play?’ He took two steps back, turned around to the officer and said, ‘Take her.’ They turned me around, handcuffed me, and took me in.
She spent the night in jail and police left the boy at the house. He was never arrested. Her lawyer says that it turns out that there was no warrant since the encounter occurred on May 29 but the directive to apprehend was not signed until May 30.Whether it compounds the issue to leave an eleven year old on his own overnight isn’t clear. Perhaps the boy to be arrested, who mysteriously was left behind, was mature and responsible. Perhaps that was the reason they were arresting him in the first place, for his having an excess of maturity beyond anything the law allows. It seems unlikely, though.
Some might note that the officers, as it turns out, had no arrest warrant, a necessary prerequisite to take a child from his home. Did our anon mom embarrass them, asking the one question that would reveal they had come devoid of authority to take her son? Did they fear she would then call them names like incompetent, foolish, maybe unmanly? What police officer could tolerate such ridicule? The son was forgotten, and the mother was seized, as she surely deserved for the potential harm she could do to their self-esteem.
“He told me it was their duty to come pick up my son,” She said. “Yet, I had someone stay the night at my house. They never came back that evening, they never came to pick up my son, or do what they told me they were there to do in the beginning.”Much as it reflects the mother’s concern that her son wasn’t left to his own devices overnight by himself, it comes as no surprise that the officers never returned to arrest the child. After all, having struggled mightily, expending their vast reservoir of energy seizing the recalcitrant and questioning mother, because that’s how she wanted to play, they were spent. To expect them to muster the energy to take down the eleven-year-old spawn of this evil woman was more than anyone could demand of Slaton cops.
Fortunately, more reasonable heads prevailed in Slaton, with the police department prepared to issue an apology for arresting the mother for asking a critically worthwhile question and holding her overnight so that she learns to never challenge the word of an officer again. Even when the officer is a lying sack of excrement engaged in a flagrant abuse of his authority because of his fragile and unmanly ego combined with diminutive physical attributes of manhood. This is why some cops are elevated to positions of authority over other cops, reflecting their calm intelligence and deep, abiding thoughtfulness.
[The mother’s lawyer, Dwight] McDonald said the Slaton Police Department will issue an apology as long as the mother agrees not to file a lawsuit.
[My Fox Lubbock] attempted to contact Slaton’s city attorney and city manager. Due to the possibility of litigation, both declined to comment.
Naturally, the most critical concern remains the protection of Slaton, whether from the inquisitive mother, the evil eleven year old or their lawyer demanding an unconditional apology. This obviously explains the slogan that appears at the top of Slaton’s website:
But there remains yet another troubling aspect of this story, that not a single name of anyone responsible for the travesty on every conceivable level of incompetence, abuse, stupidity and arrogance, has emerged. Surely there must be one person, one name, deserving of public recognition for what happened here?
And indeed, there is, the man in charge.
Chief Steven Wheeler assumed command of the department in August of 2011. Chief Wheeler believes in building strong communities through education, communication and cooperation.And this, Chief Wheeler, is how I want to play, because I believe in the same things you do, “education, communication and cooperation.” Except I believe in one additional thing that you clearly do not: responsibility.