Wannabe cops...with no real law enforcement experience.
There are three things that need to be done. People need to call up the county commission and demand speaking time at the next commission meeting. After one thrilling evening with angry residents....the commission will ask some stupid questions of the police force and start talking about pay freezes. That will get the attention of the chief real quick.
Second, everybody in the county....who believes in the kid....needs to buy one of the NRA t-shirts, and start wearing them....even to church, and shopping. If you just get ten thousand people doing this....it puts public perception immediately upon the police and the court folks.
Finally, just stand up and ask what fourteen year old youth have they handled like this in the past? Make the police force answer to past activity and why this ended up in such a comical situation.
Just ordered the T-shirt — solidarity!