Toss A Snowball, Get Hit With A Felony Charge
February 24, 2014 by Sam Rolley
A 13-year-old Chicago boy was arrested and charged with a felony last week for throwing a snowball that hit a police officer in the arm.
Via The Chicago Tribune:
The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway, about two blocks from where the student attends school, according to a police report.
The officer reported that the boy threw a snowball at him while he was in a marked squad car.
The boy was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with aggravated battery to a peace officer, a felony.
The unnamed minor, who now faces a lifetime of headaches resulting from a felony mark on his record, told a Tribune reporter that the snowball didn’t even make contact with the cop.
“It made me mad,” said the eighth-grader. “He said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him.”
The boy also said that a crowd of students were roughhousing in the snow when the incident happened and that his snowball may not have even been the one that struck the police officer.
Some local residents believe that the cop, not the youngster, took things a little too far.
“I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker, told DNAinfo. “It’s just going overboard. I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball.
“This is a case of kids being kids.”