Hands up and step away from the tee-ball.
Shocking video emerged of a Colorado dad being arrested inside an “empty” park for reportedly disregarding the state’s social-distancing guidelines during a small family outing and now he wants an apology.
Matt Mooney told FOX31 that he was caught off guard on Sunday when he was approached by three cops at the Donelson Park in Brighton, Colo., while he was playing tee-ball with his wife and daughter.
He said that while police were questioning him, his daughter said, “Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested.”
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He refused to provide police officers his name because he reportedly insisted that he did nothing wrong. He told the station that he assured the 6-year-old that he was not going to be arrested, but a few moments later, he was being handcuffed.
“During the contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me,” he said. “They’re touching me.”
He said that he spent 10 minutes inside the patrol car, but criticized the officers for “arresting people for no reason.”
States like Colorado have taken drastic steps in their attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. CPR, the state’s public radio station, reported that a model forecast predicted that the state would see its peak at around April 17 and that 2,100 Coloradans would die by the late summer.
Many Americans fear that their rights are being infringed upon by draconian measures by states that called for the closure of businesses and shelter-in-place orders.
The report said that that the park had a “Closed” sign, but smaller letters that indicated that the park would be open for “walking, hiking, running and similar activities.”
The station reported that police are looking into the situation.
Kirby Wallin, a former Brighton City councilman, was reportedly at the park during the incident and recorded some of it on his cellphone. He narrated the video and later told the station, “I find it hard to believe with all the things going on in our communities, the only way to resolve a situation like this was to handcuff a father in front of his daughter.”