(Mad World News) The police in Caldwell, Idaho, have found themselves caught with a very hot potato in their hands, having to investigate their own police force.
A man stepped forward to call attention to an incident that happened this past August at a local skate park. Joe Dondero and his friends are BMX riders, who were practicing some of their moves at the local park when they were approached by a Caldwell police officer.
The park where the friends were riding closes at 11 p.m. The police officer approached the group at 11:12 p.m., alerting them that the park was closed and it was time to leave.
Dondero told reporter Chris Oswalt of KIVI News, “He just rolled in and said the park is closed. Go home. He gave us maybe 30 seconds. He said did I stutter? Basically that was enough to tick off some people and that is exactly what happened.”
During the incident, one of Dondero’s friends began to record the confrontation and what he caught on the recording should make any American citizen wary.
“Okay. You guys are detained. You’re not free to leave. You’re out past 11 in a municipal park. That means that is a misdemeanor,” the officer states.
“We were trying to leave but he pulled out and said we all were detained,” one of the bikers is heard replying. “He told us to leave, and we were listening to him.”
The officer can then be heard saying, “It doesn’t matter.”
“I need you to put that cell phone down right now because you are detained. Give me the cell phone. Give me the cell phone,” the officer said.
“It is within my legal rights,” one of the men can be heard saying in the recording.
“No you’re not. You don’t have any legal rights now because right now you just broke the law,” the officer replies.
You may watch the two-minute clip here, although it must be noted that the full recording goes on for 20 minutes, but is not released for the public at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
You tell us, is this a violation of their civil rights? Sound off in the comments.