8 votes

We’re All Criminals and Outlaws in the Eyes of the American Police State

Why are we seeing such an uptick in Americans being arrested for such absurd “violations” as letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, growing vegetables in their yard, and holding Bible studies in their living room?

Mind you, we’re not talking tickets or fines. We’re talking felony charges, handcuffs, police cars, mug shots, pat downs, jail cells and criminal records.

Consider what happened to Nicole Gainey, the Florida mom who was arrested and charged with child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to visit a neighborhood playground located a half mile from their house.

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

A followup on the craziness

"A whopping 83 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that.

What's more: 62 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside on their own (and, I guess, arrest their no-good parents)."


This just amazes me.

The St. Lucie County State’s Attorney’s office says there is no law that specifies how old a child has to be before he or she can go somewhere unsupervised. It’s done on a case-by-case basis.


This is called selective prosecution. She has broken no law, yet she's charged with a felony. In other words, the law is anything they say it is, from police officers, to CPS, to courts and judges. If the excuse is the park is frequented by pedophiles, the police should be there to arrest the pedophiles, not the mother who made a decision her son is old enough to walk to the park, carrying a cellphone.

Of course there is a simpler solution. Let parents know the park is frequented by pedophiles, and then allow parents to make decisions where they send their children to play based on this information. I wonder if the outcome had been that a child was playing in this play area and was snatched by a pedophile and the police had this information, what course of action the parents would have if they weren't informed.