3 Boys 7, 8, and 11, Handcuffed by Police for Stealing Bicycles

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    BALTIMORE -- The mothers of two boys accused of stealing bicycles said their sons should have been punished but not handcuffed by police and placed in a holding cell.

    Meanwhile, the issue is getting mixed reactions throughout the area.

    Three boys, ages 7, 8 and 11, were detained by police after an investigation into stolen bicycles.

    The case was spurred on by a Medfield man who said customized bike parts have been disappearing from his yard for months.

    The man said he caught three boys stealing from him Friday and that he chased one boy home. After that, he called 911 and, within the hour, the boys were under arrest.

    Jesse Flayhart, 7, and Ayize Massey, 8, said that it started when the trio spied their neighbor's bikes, go-kart and scooter and decided to take them.

    Massey's mother, Toya Goodson, said, "They called for a paddy wagon, and the paddy wagon came. They threw them in the back of the paddy wagon and they went down to juvenile detention."

    The boys were released to their parents after about two hours, 11 News reporter Kerry Cavanaugh reported Monday night.

    "They brought (Ayize) out of a bullpen with other, bigger children, with no shoes on, like a hardened criminal," Goodson said.

    Police on Tuesday continued to stand by the arrests and the way they were handled.

    "Whether you're 7, 17 or 70, the police department has an obligation to hold people accountable for their actions. In this case, the police officers arrested the juveniles and followed everything by the book," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

    St. Joseph's Hospital child psychiatrist Dr. Mahmood Jahromi said the parents need to ask themselves why the boys broke the law in the first place.

    "The question would be to the parents, 'Where are they when the children are out of sight?' Which group of friends are they associated with," Jahromi said.

    The doctor said he believes the arrests will instill a healthy respect for authority in the children -- if their parents stop second-guessing the police.

    The boys' families said they think police went too far.

    "This was the first time for these little boys they did something wrong...It could've been resolved without my son being put in handcuffs," Goodson said.

    Police Arrest 3 Children After Bike Thefts - Baltimore News Story - WBAL Baltimore
     
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    Good for the cops. Criminal behavior is criminal behavior. Now how do you think the children that have had their bicycles stolen feel when they go out side to ride them? Or when their parents tell them they can not afford to buy more bikes?

    Just be glad we are not a Muslim Nation, the penalty for theft there is to have your hand chopped off right?
     
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    Not for children, just adults :eusa_angel:
     
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    What gets me is the parents who blame the police.

    I am sure a lawsuit will follow.
     
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    The cops were doing their job and the parents, obviously, did not. Hope the whole handcuff/arresting scared the kids enough so they won't do it again.

    It surprises you that the parent's blamed the police? Doesn't surprise me . . . . no one wants to take responsibility for their own actions anymore. So much easier to blame the other guy, right?
     
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    Yep. It's the parents' responsibility to teach their kids not to steal or break the laws. Granted, kids will do things they shouldn't, even if they've been taught otherwise but the cops did exactly as they should have.

    "Little boys" who behave as criminals and get little or no punishment/face no consequences turn into big boys and men who continue to behave as criminals.

    Mom&Dad need to suck it up, realize that their babies were committing criminal acts, figure out what they can do to help in this very teachable situation, rather than blaming the police for doing what should be done.
     
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    Back when one of my boys was about 10 years old.

    He stole some candy at the local store.

    A policeman brought him home in handcuffs and handed him over to me.

    My son had tears running down his cheeks.

    I pulled the Cop aside, shook his hand, and thanked him for handcuffing him and bringing him home in the police car.

    The Cop said, "I would rather teach him a lesson now, than be arresting him later in life for a serious crime".
     
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    The cops were right. The parents were wrong. Their coddling inidicates they are probably enabling their kids behavior. If you love your kids, provide them with structure. Even if you're a big softie with a bleeding heart- think of it like a vaccine against raising assholes.
     
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    Little boys who grow up stealing bikes and go-carts and are treated as if it is not a "crime" grow up to be big boys who steal automobiles. The police were absolutely correct in the way they handled this. How come these innocent little tykes were not being supervised outside while they played if their mother was so concerned about them being in contact with older children? It's the same old song and dance. My children have been wronged because they were made to accept responsibility for their actions. Keep your ears on the TV. Obama will be on the tube telling us all how stupid it was for the police to take any action in this case. I expect to hear it any day now.
     
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    Now the mother of one of the boys is on the TV news blasting the police for handcuffing the kids.

    I wonder how long it will be till Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson start screaming racism!!

    Or

    Obama holds a press conference calling the policeman and the Baltimore P.D. "stupid".
     

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