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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Allegedly Guilty Teens Handcuffed, Humiliated

Here in Utah, police in a Morgan, Webber county joint task force arrested five teens, handcuffing them in front off other students. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Parke said the arrests occured in view of other students for a reason.  "We're trying to send a message that we're not going to tolerate drug dealing and drug sales at the high schools," he said. "Kids are supposed to be there to get an education."

That's all fine and dandy if the students you arrest are guilty, but if not you have just subjected a student to untold humiliation.  Let's all so remember they are children, not only do they make mistakes, but they are also capable of being easily manipulated, and they tend to be bad at reporting the facts.

Their arrests were part of an undercover sting in which a police officer posed as a student.  Now think about this, let's say your ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) child is sitting next to this cop, who leans over and asks, hey do you know where I can get some pills?

The student replies, "Pills? What kind of pills?"

The cop says, "I'll pay fifty a pill for some ritalin, you know, ADD meds"

You're kids thinking, well ok, that's easy money. So he bring in some of his medication, or his brother's.  Next thing you know he's branded a drug dealer, paraded in front of the other students, and you are caught up in a legal nightmare.  Do you think the police officer is going to say he approached your child, or do you think he will say the child approached him?

"Parke said all five suspects sold drugs in the school. But Deven Coggins, an attorney for one of the suspects, said he has been told his client was not present for any drug transactions. The undercover officer, Coggins said, approached his client and asked if he knew any drug dealers. "

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