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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Is America Becoming a Police State?

     An Ohio man says he lost his job and was arrested all because his young son wanted to go out and play rather than go to church. [Play versus church: hardly a difficult decision.] Worse, Jeffrey Williamson says he faces up to six months on a "ridiculous" charge.

     Williams said that his children, including 8-year-old Justin, were outside of their Blanchester, Ohio home when their Woodville Baptist Church van pulled up…The kids got onto the bus, save for Justin who, unbeknownst to Williamson, had other plans. The boy ended up at a Family Dollar store half a mile away from home. "He just wanted to play in the neighborhood," Williamson said.

     Police went to the store. When they asked Justin where he lived, he said he did not know. But an employee at the store told authorities where he lived…When police showed up at the Williamson house with the boy, Williamson told the officers that his son plays outside all the time with other kids in the neighborhood. [Kids playing outside without their parents hovering over them has almost become unAmerican.]…

     "The next thing I know," Williamson said, "is that a cop comes up to me and says, 'You're under arrest.'" His children started crying at the scene. "It's ridiculous to me that I was arrested for this," Williamson said.

     Being cast as negligent parent had negative effects for the father. He lost his job at McDonald's after the story of the incident was published on the front page of the newspaper….

Chuck Ross, "Man Arrested After Son Skips Church," The Daily Caller, June 27, 2014  

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