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An intriguing video has surfaced from Gainesville, FL depicting police officer, Bobby White responding to the scene of some boys playing basketball in a residential street.  Now you may ask what’s the big deal about kids playing hoops?  That’s a great question, especially considering it was a neighbor who called the GPD, complaining of kids were playing hoops “loudly” in the street.  I mean, really? Was the decibel level of the ball bouncing off the asphalt, rim, or backboard higher than the volume of whatever tv program the neighbor may have been watching? Or maybe this resident was trying to take a nap or something, right?  This is just the latest example of the growing nanny state we now have in America. The land of the free, right?  Uh, er, well… maybe.

Americans are now calling the police for everyday normal activities.  Take for instance in December, 2013 neighbors called police on a man in Garden City, New York for the egregious crime of washing a car in his own driveway!  No joke.  The responding officer even threatened the man with tickets for breaking a city ordinance (washing a vehicle in public!)

In April, 2014 police in Georgia forced a group of fifth graders to the ground at gunpoint as they attempted to build a tree fort in their own neighborhood.

In August, 2014 a Dunedin, FL man asked law enforcement to shut down 13 year old, T.J. Guerrero’s lemonade stand, claiming the boy’s entrepreneurial spirit was causing his property to decrease in value!

In June, 2015 a couple in Florida were arrested and charged with felony neglect after their 11-year-old son was left alone in the back yard playing basketball for 90 minutes. Furthermore, the child was taken from the parents and placed into foster care.

More about the kids taken from the family because a neighbor saw boy playing by himself in yard.

Kids taken from the family because a neighbor saw boy playing by himself in yard.

So, these are just a few instances of idiots who became alarmed by people engaging in productive everyday normal activities. But will call the authorities with no regard for how officers may potentially respond.  Fortunately, in the Gainesville case, Officer White was pretty cool and ended up shooting some ball with the kids, even offering to bring some back-up the next day to play a real game.



About Caleb Hitt

Caleb Hitt is a citizen journalist, co-host on Battle Of New Orleans Radio Show, and 9/11 blogger ( Follow him on twitter.