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LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

LEO Stages Fake Arrest of Daughter's Would-Be Romeo

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San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

September 27, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA – Most fathers would have taken him aside for a quiet chat.

But when one police officer found out a 15-year-old boy had slept with his 14-year-old step-daughter, he took things a little bit further.

The unnamed California motorcycle cop went round to the youth’s house in uniform and staged a fake arrest, claiming that he was being detained for sexual assault.

As his parents looked on, the officer handcuffed the boy and gave him a five-minute dressing down about his conduct before letting him go.

The policeman has now been put on administrative leave whilst an internal investigation and a district attorney probe are carried out.

The case has echoes of the 2000 comedy ‘Meet the Parents’ in which Robert De Niro plays a retired FBI officer who quizzes the man who wants to marry his daughter on every aspect of his personal life.

But this real-life version has divided opinion as to whether or not the officer went too far or was just doing what most fathers in his position would do.

The officer drove to the boy’s house on his police motorbike and went inside where mobile phone footage taken by one of the boy’s parents shows him standing in the middle of the room lecturing the youth.

On the footage the officer says to the boy: ‘It does not bode well for you. Do you know what that means? No?

‘Not a good thing that the person you had sex with is a cop’s daughter. The district attorney will probably file charges.’

The family’s lawyer said the officer’s behaviour amounted to ‘scared straight’ tactics that went too far.

‘He made comments like, ‘You don’t mess with a cop’s daughter.’ That’s a show of authority, that’s inappropriate,’ attorney Tony Boskovich said.

‘Applying force, applying handcuffs, threatening the young man with things such as rape in prison.

‘He acted like a cowboy. He lost it, he came in and he abused his authority.’

Lawyers for the policeman have suggested that the boy’s parents were complicit either by giving their permission or doing nothing to stop the tirade.

Attorney Terry Bowman said: ‘At no time did you hear the parents of the young man objecting, getting upset, crying. So the video is absolutely exculpatory from the cop’s perspective,’ she said.

‘The officer was essentially invited to use ‘scare straight’ tactics, and there were no objections to the lecture or the handcuffing.

‘Everything was done in the spirit of reaching a troubled young man who is heading down the wrong path.’

She added that early in the video the boy’s stepfather advises his handcuffed son: ‘Use your head. Think about what he is talking to you about. Listen to his words. Replay them in your head.’\

The boy’s parents filed a complaint with the police and both the boy and the girl were cited for unlawful sexual intercourse.

The misdemeanour, for minors who are close in age and have consensual sex, is rarely prosecuted.

None of the adults have been identified to protect the identities of the two minors.

San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said the officer may have violated some of the force policies which relate to conduct involving personal feelings and policing ones own neighbourhood, but could not comment further.

Should the district attorney file criminal charges the officer could face jail for false imprisonment.


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    wycanislatrans

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    The officer should not have done this, it was a clear abuse of authority. We are given that authority by the public trust and it is to be taken very seriously.

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    KCecala

    over 3 years ago

    12628 Comments

    It`s hard to read your english and spelling are so bad.............lol

  • North_carolina_charlotte_police_max50

    armyag

    over 3 years ago

    1670 Comments

    Not only should police enforce the law, they should obey them also. Every time you make an arrest you are taking away a persons rights to freedom. No police officer has the right to be Judge. The police are law enforcer. They are to protect the civil rights of those they are paid to serve. As far as I am concern, when the cuffs go on they should not come off until you are booking the person into the intake center.

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    KCecala

    over 3 years ago

    12628 Comments

    copout305 your language is direspectful. You should watch what you say. It is offensive. These are children and an LEO you are talking about.

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    migsplace

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Wonder what he did to his daughter?

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    tdelucca

    over 3 years ago

    92 Comments

    Both the boy and the girl are guilty, she consented. Hell i have 3 girls and I would be more upset with them because I know that I raised them better. But being a father I know that sometimes emotions can take over, and I know people are going to say your a cop you are trained to deal with this problem and not let emotions get in the way. Well when it comes to familiy animal instinct sets in and it is totally different then being at work, this is family not some schmuck off the street.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I would think a teenage boy would be scared of a dad no matter what his profession is.

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    karkonis

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    If the boy receives charges.. the girl should all the same.. The officer should have went over there as a man, as a father, without his badge and the likes. Fathers have taken care of this sort of situation long before the uniform was created... was not a police matter, until the officer made it such..

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    Chillybones

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I want to say a BIG "THANK YOU" to all of our peace officers and all that you do. It was an honor to Serve in my country in the United States Marine Corps. I did it not for the president or politicians, I did it for all of the hard working people back home. Peace Officers do a great service to this country. For that I give a great big many thanks to all of you. Semper Fi !

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    Chillybones

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    If more parents took this kind of interest in what their kids do and who they do it with, Maybe just maybe we could put this country back on the straight and narrow path that it once was on, and quit sending it down the capper. Semper Fi!

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    dpewty

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    It all comes down to the fact that the boy's parents had no objections during the incident. That means they consented. Now they realized they can get some money they want to sue. This is no different than when we have parents bring their kids to the jail to be "scared straight." They are locked in an empty cell....how is that different than using handcuffs. The only thing that should have been done differently is another officer should have gone to avoid this whole "personal vendetta" that morons will try to claim. Get off it people.

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    circle8

    over 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    If the Officer is charged then they damn well should charge the kid with sex charges. I am sorry to see how he did it BUT it is better than chasing him with a 12 gauge like in the old days.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Star2010, crawl back into your hole as you are not welcome here. Trust me, this is a battle you are going to lose and lose quickly.

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    contender

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    Falsely detaining someone against their will in any state is illegal. I am a police officer and I would not have even considered this tactic! Sitting down with the family and seriously talking about the possibe consequences of their life choices is a great idea. Handcuffing them and pretending to arrest them is unacceptable, irregardless of the circumstances.

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    strike_force

    over 3 years ago

    356 Comments

    Although I don't know what I would have done if I was in his place I can understand him. As for star 2010 you better watch your language about his daughter and hope that you never have to deal with something like this. Show some respect !!!

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