HEBRON, KY — Police charged into a darkened field trying to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, killing a young woman in the process.
HAMMOND, IN — After witnessing a motorist allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, police escalated a violent confrontation to the point of shattering a window to extract a passenger when he claimed not to have an ID.
UNION, NY — A central New York town has instituted jail time as a penalty for a wide variety of menial violations of the town’s extensive pet control laws.
TALLAHASSEE, FL — A woman says that she was arrested and imprisoned after she bought some allergy medicine from a local pharmacy.
CLAIRTON, PA — An evening excursion for ice cream resulted in a teenage girl going to the hospital in a neck-brace, after police found her in public just a few minutes past the government-imposed curfew for minors.
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — A mother has been arrested and thrown in jail on charges of child neglect because her 9-year-old daughter was found playing at a park by herself.
BLANCHESTER, OH — An Ohio family is reeling after a father was arrested and lost his job because his 8-year-old son explored the neighborhood by himself. He could face up to six months in jail.
PHILADELPHIA, PA — A mother of seven children was sentenced to jail time because she couldn’t afford the government fines imposed on her after her children had skipped school multiple times. She died halfway into her 2-day sentence.
BALTIMORE, MD — The City Council of Baltimore voted to create one of the most stringent government curfew systems in the nation. Under the new restrictions, youths will be legally permitted to appear in public for only a few hours per day. Police may seize them on sight and take them to detention centers where they will be interrogated by social workers. Parents face stiff fines and jail time if their children are discovered in public during curfew hours.
WILDWOOD, NJ — People who do not dress in a manner that is deemed acceptable by the government are subject to penalties in this New Jersey shore resort town.
TAMPA, FL — With the help of new technology and federal grant money, police are preparing to warrantlessly search people’s refreshments as they visit the beaches of Florida.
“I made a split-second decision to leave my son in the car — it ended up consuming years of my life,” wrote Kim Brooks.
WANTAGH, NY — Students at a Long Island high school are being subjected to security protocols resembling those found at an airport. Upon entry, students are warrantlessly searched at security checkpoints. Students’ textbooks and belongings must be carried in plastic baggies, since backpacks have been prohibited. The lockers have been sealed and remain off limits to students. Even bathroom usage is restricted; students are required to sign-in to use the one accessible bathroom in the building for each gender. The measures are topped off with a brand new high-tech surveillance system throughout campus.
KILAUEA, HI — A father was arrested when he gave his son the “old school” punishment of walking one-mile home from school to think about what he had done.
BRIGHTON, MI — A teen was fined hundreds of dollars for using unsanctioned speech on public property, igniting a debate about the freedom of speech. After being ordered by police to leave a public park for no apparent reason, the young man let his frustration known by dropping “the F-bomb,” which resulted in government retaliation.
ALBION, MI — A town with evidently nothing better to do has passed an ordinance criminalizing the feeding of stray cats.
HOLYOKE, MA — When a sick woman neglected to pay a $5 fee to license her pet dog, a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police came to her home, shackled her in handcuffs, and put her into a cage.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — A trip grocery shopping for three young women was abruptly ended when a gang of seven unidentified men in threatened them in a parking lot with guns and tried to abduct them. The women successfully made a harrowing escape from the assailants, aimed a pistol at them and tried to break their windows as they screeched away, screamed in terror. When the women called 9-1-1, they discovered that the gang was actually a group of plainclothes beverage cops intent on inspecting the bottled water they had just purchased from the supermarket. The victims were then treated with malicious prosecution.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC — A man drinking canned iced tea in a parking lot was accosted by a plainclothes beverage cop who demanded to inspect his drink. He was placed in handcuffs and arrested. Even though the man was innocent and was only drinking tea, prosecutors are still trying to set him up with probation and community service.
CLARKSVILLE, TN — A teen’s future is in jeopardy after police officers decided to troll through a high school parking lot searching students’ parked cars for contraband. When they cops found a fishing knife during their warrantless mass search, they slapped him with weapons charges and saw that he was suspended from school.