Skip to comments.Texas mom sues police after arrest for allowing kids to play outside
Posted on 09/19/2012 2:36:56 PM PDT by sirchtruth
Police arrested a Texas mom for allowing her children to play outside last week, after a neighbor reported to police that the kids were riding scooters around a cul de sac.
Tammy Cooper, who was arrested for child endangerment, insists she was watching her children from a lawn chair in her front yard.
Now, Cooper is suing the La Porte Police Department, the arresting officer and the neighbor who made the call.
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Yeah, people sue over the stupidest things, don't they? /s
I had an insufferable neighbor who would call the police any time any of us stepped foot outside our doors.
She was a nasty spiteful bitter old woman who hated everyone.
She eventually moved.
On the day she moved, her dog hung itself from the railing of her porch.
She’d hooked the leash to the porch railing and left it there as the movers were coming and going, her dog fell of the porch and strangled.
And she never thought to look into why the little barking menace suddenly got quiet.
I hope ole Tammy rakes these prix over the coals in court!
Dumbass neighbor, officer, and Police Dept. -
Nail the neighbor.
The age of the kids is important here. I didn’t see that info. If the kids were 3 to 5 years old, they need to be supervised. If they are 6 it’s debatable, but any “normal” kid should be able to play outside in a cul-de-sac by themselves by age 7.
Just my opinion.
This story has to be from The Onion....
If they are outside they can’t be getting their full days worth of indoctrination training. Homework, you know.
This may ultimately be an over-stepping of boundaries by the caller and the police....but....as a cop I’ve been to many a calls where a child was hit by a car or truck etc when they were playing around and the parents were “supervising”.
My mom never “supervised” my outdoor play. Half the time she didn’t know where I was. This is ridiculous.
When I was 4 I use to ride my tricycle down the neighbors driveway right out into the middle of the road! My mom would have a hissy fit, but no one ever called the cops and the neighbors just chalked it up to there goes that silly kid.
Come to think of it, I probably had 4 or 5 near misses!
I understand the concern officer, but to throw the woman in jail is wrong! Maybe a warning would have been suitable. Yes, it's definitely "over-stepping" if we know all the facts. I'm thinking there could be something missing from the article.
I hate lawyers and lawsuits but they have their place. This seems to be one of them.
I hope the family gets wealthy at the expense of the city of LaPorte, Harris County and the “neighbor” who looks like a bitter old bitch.
When I was three years old, I would ride my tricycle clear around the block and play with neighboring kids who were also out and about. When I was nine, I was riding my bicycle to destinations more than a mile away, and I frequently went on errands to pick up items at a store a half mile away.
The old neighborhood still looks about the same, but the cultural changes since I lived there have been so vast that I sometimes wonder if I didn't live in another galaxy.
I could be three miles away and still hear my mom yell my name for supper! I couldn't have been much more than maybe 5 or 6!
Those times were so simple and easy. Common Sense prevailed...
Need more tort reform led by lies about what happened there and stop the peasants from suing the worthy. And the peasants aren’t staying locked in their homes enough.
Chase them inside permanently with more regulations called laws. Make it illegal for anyone not on government incomes or incomes from government-linked services to breathe.
Encourage libertarians more with government rewards for drug dealing, kidnapping and prostitution. Pay them from revenues (debt) to breed more pit bulls and turn them loose.
Socialist gossips aren’t getting enough from government. Raise their pensions and other government incomes as a reward for each call. Raise taxes and start more public services for them.
Start HOAs in all of the neighborhoods without HOAs. Outlaw private property for anyone with an income less than the local government employee average. Government needs more properties.
Outlaw all public appearances of private sector “males.”
[Little irony and sarcasm there. Have fun. Enjoy the slide.]
The sad part is La Porte is hardly a liberal area.
Orange jumpsuit, in a cell, slammed the door, for 18 hours, Cooper recalled.
Here's hoping she learned her lesson. From now on, she should be sitting her kids in front of the computer and having them spend the day playing video games, or sitting them down in front of the TV to watch cartoons, the way parents are supposed to do these days.
According to the article the mother said she was sitting in a lawn chair in the front yard keeping an eye on them and the neighbor that called the police isn’t talking. Lots of finger pointing in this situation.
She's asking for damages, 7k! Legal fees, figures! What's the point in that, to embarrass the dept and neighbor?
...but now Cooper is suing for damages, $7,000 in legal fees.
You should have had your insufferable neighbor arrested for cruelty to animals.
No, La Porte is not a liberal area (I work in Deer Park). But my first impression was since when has La Porte TX become part of Minneapolis. This is typical of control freak behavior exhibited by Minnestoopidans.
>> What’s the point in that, to embarrass the dept and neighbor?
If that is her intention... then I hope it works.
Go girl, go!
It’s time all this stool pidgeon BS came to an end.
Please re-read my post.
I live in Baytown.
The problem here is obviously the arrest. Cooper was arrested for child endangerment. A warning would have sufficed.
>> Ive been to many a calls where a child was hit by a car or truck etc when they were playing around and the parents were supervising. <<
I’d place the blame on the inattentive drivers for those cases.
Residential neighborhoods are for the people that live there.
The LaPorte PD is far worse than dumb. I was there late one night and heard all this loud cussing going on. I walked down the hall to the breakroom and there were about a half dozen officers playing poker and getting drunk as skunks. Empty beer cans were scattered everywhere.
I asked if they could please hold down the profanity because there were ladies in the building. One of them told me that if I didn't like it to close the f***ing door.
They were 6 and 9 y.o.
As I said, LaPorte is not a liberal area, which means the same as hardly a liberal area, as you so stated. But what is reported here is just like the idiocy that I have seen in my ten years in the leftist toilet called Minnecraponus. The lefties in Minnecraponus make a Texas hardshell Baptist seem like a laissez faire libertarian. In that city, if I parked in front of someone’s house on a public street to go to a restaurant, the resident would go ballistic and call the cops (who can’t be bothered with the gang shootings, but will get on the case of anyone who hurts a lefties feeeeeeliiiiings straightaway).
When I was five I walked a mile to the train station to meet my dad when he arrived home from work. The only problem was I got there at 3:30 and train didn’t arrive until 6:30.
Some old man who got involved told me the train wasn’t coming for another three hours and offered to give me a ride home, which he did.
I’m convinced the guy was an angel because my face could have easily ended up on a milk carton.
These kids were in a cul-de-sac with mom sitting in a lawn chair watching.
Should have, but it was enough to finally be rid of her.
We sat on our front porch for several hours a day for three days after she was gone.
And commented at the lack of police presence.
My mom never supervised my outdoor play. Half the time she didnt know where I was.”
I never supervised my children’s outdoor play but most everyone in the neighborhood had kids and all played mom to any of them if it was needed, including sending them home if they misbehaved or passing out bandages if needed. We also had two Black labs and one of them stayed with each child all the time. Kids used to really get upset when they were trying to play ball and one of the dogs would take the ball and run home with it.
In this day and age I would probably be labeled an unfit mother.
I could be deep up in the forest and when it was time to get home my dad would blow the air horns on his motorcycle. You could hear that sound for miles. BTW - I was only about 7 or 8 at the time.
Since when is it against the law for kids to play outside????
airhorns on a motorcycle??
as in a big rig or train horn??
Cul-De-Sacs are streets. Where cars drive. Yes, slowly. But they are not parking lots. 6-year-olds riding motorized scooters are not a good mix with 3000-pound cars.
Should kids be allowed to play outside without supervision? Why can’t a 9-year-old supervise a 6-year-old? Shouldn’t they be allowed to ride bikes together — that is done in the street.
So you can see, I’m arguing that it is dangerous to allow your 6-year-old to drive a scooter in the street, if you aren’t there to warn him/her if there is a car coming. But it should be OK in general for a kid that age to be in the street, doing street-appropriate things, without supervision.
There is virtually no information provided to us to let us know what really happened. We have the word of the mother to the news outlet, who is suing.
Maybe a neighbor is being a busy-body if the neighbor sees a 6-year-old unsupervised in the middle of the street riding a scooter and almost getting run over by a car, and calls the police.
But do you think the neighbor should be sued for what happens? If someone did something wrong, it was the police, in conjunction with the district attorney they called before making the arrest. If we start holding civilians responsible for reporting suspicious activity, we will lose an important part of law enforcement.
For example, we had a kid die at a day care — probably the kid’s death was not the fault of the day care, but there were 23 kids in a house being supervised by 2 people, with no permits or inspections. The neighbors said they didn’t think it was their business to report the number of kids playing unsupervised. Maybe if they did, those kids wouldn’t have been at risk.
Imagine this — a neighbor sees a guy they don’t recognize, taking a kid into a car. The kid is screaming, the neighbor calls the police. The police interrogate the guy, maybe take him in. Turns out he is the kids dad, just got supervision, was supposed to take the kid to the doctor, the kid didn’t want to go because a show was on, and was being obstinate.
Should the father be allowed to sue the neighbor for calling the police?
So my opinion — the woman should not have been arrested, people shouldn’t be so glib about 6-year-olds driving small motorized scooters in the street without any supervision, neighbors shouldn’t be sued if all they do is call the police for suspicious activity, and there is much more to this story than what we actually are told in this article.
Not long ago, a woman whose age was in three digits was asked what she thought the most impressive development in her lifetime was. One might think she would have said air travel, the moon landing or the Internet, but she said it was the fact that children are no longer seen out of doors.
We live on a cul-de-sac. My kids are grown, but there are kids playing in the cul-de-sac from morning until after dark 7 days a week. I can’t imagine anyone calling the cops and I certainly can’t imagine anyone getting arrested for it.
Except, I can imagine it because, over the years, we have had neighbors who would call the cops when something annoyed them. Thankfully, they’ve moved on and people go on living their lives. No one misses them.
A F'N Warning???
How about an excuse me Lady, I got to go taser your neighbor!
Well, then. From a cop's point-of-view, is it really expected you step in place of the parent? Since you're posting on this board, I'm really hoping you say, no.
I remember many years ago, a neighbor boy was told to go down the block to where his young girl cousin lived, to teach her how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.
Their neighbor, a dotty retired judge, saw him helping her keep her balance on the bicycle, and he called the police to report that the boy was molesting her. The cops arrived quickly to see the two standing there, and the judge came out of his house, claiming that he saw the boy drag her into the bushes and rape her.
The bushes were one foot high and flush with the ground. The boy and the girl looked at the policemen in a puzzled fashion, and both shook their heads ‘no’. So the cops escorted the judge back to his house, assuring him that they would take care of everything.
The judge went to the monkey house a week or two later.
Those add-on electrical driven you can get at an auto parts store. Really high pitched.
What in tarnation is a tarnation? Dagnabbit!