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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    We must instill fear in our children today, otherwise it will be harder in the future to have them fear the government enough to obey.
    In other words, we must turn them into little liberals

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    For walking around by themselves.
    How is that illegal?
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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Child endangerment, I suppose.

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunami View Post
    This was a ten year old, for all we know they told the officer that they were lost and they didn't know where they lived. There's no harm done here, it doesn't have to turn into a huge political issue. There was a case recently where they attempted to prosecute a mother for letting her kid walk to the park, and that's certainly going too far. But no charges have been filed in this case, the intention has been to protect the children as far as I see it.
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    You are certainly proof that some people will defend any police behavior...
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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptic View Post
    My 12, 10 and 6 year old children are also "free range"- to a degree. They rountinely walk or bike ride to the local park with out me. They also ride their bikes with out helmets (despite a city ordinance requiring one). When we go hiking, they can be considerably up the trail from me if they know the area. With select friends who are mature (but also 12 years old), the older one can ride her bike a considerable ways from home

    All that aside, I saw a video of the street that the children were walking on. The side walks were narrow and the street was very busy. Though this factor alone does not appear to justify the actions of the Maryland CPS, it does reduce my level of sympathy for the parents.
    Why couldn't the police have told the kids, hop in and we'll give you a lift home. and that's the most I would grant.
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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Blemonds View Post
    That's not sufficient cause for CPS to over act in turn
    Overact as in investigate a police officer's inquiry? Not a concerned citizen, random phone call, etc..., but a paid officer of the law took it upon himself to throw these children in the lap of CPS. Of course they are going to take it seriously.

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Kushinator View Post
    Overact as in investigate a police officers inquiry?
    Over react as in not contacting the parents for one thing.

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    If the police were so concerned, they should have just followed the kids or went up to them and ask them if they were OK.

    They would likely have just followed them home, or they would have been there when any of the thousands of kidnappers in Maryland tried to molest the kids. I think the correct term is bait.
    I seem to remember somebody one time telling me about this new invention. I think they are called cellular phones.

    I know the officers have them. What would it have cost to call the parents immediately to ask if they knew where the children were?

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Blemonds View Post
    CPS is not allowed to do so. Only the police can do that, but CPS could have simply told the officers to take the children home or call the parents to pick them up
    And now they will keep a file open on the family for 5 years.

    Who knows what their next move will be.

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
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    You are certainly proof that some people will defend any police behavior...
    Not even close. I just don't see what harm was done here. The kids are fine. This isn't even harassment unless it occurs frequently. There are many cases where the police have hurt people and deserve to be condemned, but not here. This is an overreaction.
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