13 Year Old Boy Arrested for Throwing Snowball at Police Officer … Charged with a Felony, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer

 

Not sure if this should be a felony, but shows a complete lack of respect for authority.

A 13 year old boy has been arrested and charged with a felony for throwing a snowball at a Chicago police officer. The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway, about a half a block from where the boy attends school. The boy claims that he was wrongfully picked out of a crowd. The unnamed minor was charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer. The boy claims that he is not the one who threw the snow ball. Then again, every one accused of a crime is innocent. But what might be more troubling than throwing a snowball is a felony offense, is the complete and total lack of respect by this 13 year old for authority. Who is so stupid to actually throw a snow ball at a cop in his/her police marked car? In addition to the charges, the school has suspended the boy for five days.

Snowball Fight Scene from ELF

A 13-year-old boy arrested for allegedly hitting a Chicago police officer with a snowball says he was wrongly picked out of a crowd of kids walking home from school.

And besides, he adds, the snowball didn’t even hit the cop.

“It made me mad,” said the eighth-grader, who is facing a felony charge of battery to a police officer.  “He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him.”

The officer reported that the boy threw a snowball and hit him in the arm while he sat in a marked squad car.   The boy was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with aggravated battery to a peace officer, a felony. The Tribune is not naming him because he is a minor.

Of course, the question that springs up is should the boy have been arrested for his actions. Would it have made a difference whether it was an ice-ball, rock, bottle? The New York Daily News is referencing the projectile as a “chunk of ice”. As stated earlier, what is most disturbing is that these young punks are obviously not taught at home that such an act is not only wrong, but a show of complete disrespect for authority. Hell of a way to learn a lesson.

Posted February 23, 2014 by
Arrest, Child Welfare, Crime, Felony | 3 comments


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    3 Responses to “13 Year Old Boy Arrested for Throwing Snowball at Police Officer … Charged with a Felony, Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer”

    1. Sully101 on February 23rd, 2014 12:34 pm

      Snowball or boulder, it shows a lack of respect for authority and law enforcement. We’ll never know because he’s a minor, but I would suspect this boy has been in trouble before and will have a robust rap sheet by age19.

    2. NGBoston on February 24th, 2014 3:03 am

      I agree should not be a Felony. But, must be put through the Juvenile Court System and dealt with there to teach this young Man an overdue lesson regarding RESPECT for Authority Figures, and especially anyone who is employed to protect and serve our State or Country.

      LOL@ Sully and the robust rap sheet by age 19. Then again, that would not shock anyone.

      New Girl, Boston MA

    3. Denis Drew on February 24th, 2014 2:06 pm

      It just occurred to me that — if a 13 year old child throwing a snowball at a police officer can be charged with felony assault — then, all snowball fights between kids may be illegal. I guess we could legally excuse some snowball fights as contact sport like boxing — it sounds like it should be consensual (you think I’m kidding; that’s the legal follow up; ask a prosecutor, once the idea gets into their heads you never know).

      I remember working my paper route in the snow and dreading other kids firing snow balls at me back in the Bronx in the early 1960s. One kid and I exchanged fifty shots with before he gave up — you couldn’t quit — leaving my hands all wet and cold through the gloves. Never occurred to naive me to call the cops.

      So, I guess that, with our new legal insight, if anyone witnesses kids throwing snowballs at each other they may call the police (be funny to actually try this, citing the newspaper story) — who can come and investigate whether the contestants know each other, whether the battle is consensual or whether one side is the innocent victims.

      (If you hit cop with a marshmallow would that constitute an assault — or maybe a prank — whatever happened to Judge Judy’s concept of “de minimus” injury: the law doesn’t concern itself with trifles?)

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