What should happen to the San Jose police officer who handcuffed the teenage boy after confronting him about contact with his step-daughter? I believe that the cop should be fired immediately.
The Mercury News and several Bay Area TV news stations have reported that the officer in question went to the home of a teenager who had had sex with his underage step-daughter. The cop handcuffed the 15-year-old-boy and was heard to say on a cell phone recording, “A cop’s daughter is not somebody you mess around with. You’re stupid.”
“We thought he was there to arrest our son,” the boy’s mother told the Merc. “He was in full cop mode the whole time.” According to the report, “after lecturing the boy for minutes, the officer quietly told the parents he was not going to arrest their son after all…he just wanted to scare him, he said, and he handed the parents an arrest card that he suggested they put it up on the refrigerator to make sure the boy did not forget.”
Sean Webby reported that, “Police sources say it is not uncommon for officers to stop, search and sometimes handcuff youths if the parents ask them to as part of a “scared straight” tactic. But the parents of this boy say they gave no such permission.”
One wonders if this practice is really all that common, or just an effort on the part of these police sources to diffuse the situation. That a parent would give an officer “permission” to handcuff their child does not give that officer the right to do so. What are we talking about here?
The officer’s attorney advances the argument that the officer was acting as a concerned father. Columnist Scott Herhold wrote, “If I were faced with the situation the San Jose cop was…I’d be tempted to do what he did.” Bull. Cops do not have a license to freelance, and are not entitled to take the law into their own hands.
Take off the uniform, put the gun and badge in the drawer, and then go pay a visit to the teenager’s home to “chat” with the kid’s parents.
This cop abused his authority. There should be no room on San Jose’s police force for “cowboys” or bullies.