A bodycam video shows cops responding to a 911 call in South Euclid. The girl had told dispatchers: 'My father took my property, which is an $800 phone that doesn't belong to him.'
In a truly bizarre turn of events, a 16-year-old girl called the police on her dad after he snatched her cell phone away as a punishment for having it password-protected, Ohio authorities state. Bodycam footage demonstrates the exact moment when officers reacted to the 911 call made by the high schooler.
She told the dispatchers, "My father took my property, which is an $800 phone that doesn't belong to him. He didn't buy it," Lt James Wilson of the South Euclid Police Department said officers perceived the circumstance as a teaching opportunity, telling WKYC, "Certainly if we were busy, it would be pushed to the back burner, but we still have an obligation to respond."
The dad, Anthony Robertson, and his little girl were both sitting outside the home when officers arrived on the scene. The youngster, whose name has not been discharged to the media in light of the fact that she is a minor, can be heard consistently saying, "I want my phone."
Robertson at that point clarifies, "I took her phone because she's a juvenile, and I don't want her to have it," He further clarifies the whole situation, "I can't inspect it, because the phone is locked, so I took it away," The officers at that point confirmed it was just a parental disciplinary issue and agreed with Robertson.
However, the teenager can be heard arguing, "It's my property and I don't live here," claiming that she lives with her grandmother but occasionally stays at her father's home. Consequently, one of the officers enters the conversation and explains, "But guess what? Everything that you own belongs to your mother and your father."
He adds, "Having a phone is not a birthright," The father instantly adds, "It's a privilege," The officers at that point took the opportunity and cautioned the adolescent not to call 911 in non-crisis circumstances. Moreover, a post about the entire episode on the South Euclid Police Department's Facebook page has been liked and shared by many sympathetic guardians.
It likewise sparked a rather heated discussion over the property privileges of teenagers with many parents weighing in with their views. Lt Wilson said, "Our department would not pursue this type of 'theft'. You'd be hard pressed to find a court in this country who would take the case."
Addressing WKYC after the occurrence, Robertson said he was stunned when police appeared at his home. "There's like, four cars, and I'm like, oh my goodness," he said.
He further expressed, "The police are coming and they look kind of tough," Defending his choice to take away his girl's phone, Robertson stated, "To all the parents, you know? Stay on them. There are so many hidden apps and little ways that they can hide and cover up what they're doing on those phones. It's ridiculous."