Cleveland Police Confiscate Children’s Basketball Hoop

Mikael Thalen
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May 9th, 2014
Updated 05/09/2014 at 4:09 pm

A Cleveland woman is speaking out after police officers confiscated a basketball hoop she purchased for children in her neighborhood.

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Cheri Fiorilli, who purchased the hoop for several neighbor boys that regularly help her with yard work, attempted to stop police this week as they dragged the hoop away behind their vehicle.

According to Cleveland police, the young boys have been repeatedly warned that they are breaking the law by playing basketball in the street. Cell phone video captured by Fiorilli revealed one officer’s refusal to give any leeway regarding the hoop.

“There’s no warning,” the officer said. “There’s nothing I can do. There’s no leeway.”

Not only did officers confiscate the hoop, but Fiorilli was threatened with arrest before finally receiving a ticket.

“I need to see your driver’s license again,” one officer asks. “If not, I have to arrest you for refusing to comply.”

Visibly upset, Fiorilli blasted the officer’s actions as well as the ticket and $182 in court fees she now faces.

“I’m not living like that,” Fiorilli told reporters. “I pay my taxes… I am ashamed. I am ashamed of what that man did, the example he set for these kids.”

Despite a post on the department’s Facebook page that admitted the officer “clearly handled it wrong,” the hoop still remains in police custody. The department showed no intention of backing off from the ticket as well.

While police argue that the law is about protecting children, many feel that everyday children’s activities are being targeted at an increasing pace as similar cases appear across the country.

In 2011, Delaware police and DOT officials used a dump truck to tear a family’s basketball hoop out of their front yard. Despite assurances by police that the hoop would be left in the family’s custody once removed, officers instead handed the hoop over to DOT employees.

Last year in Philadelphia, cell phone video captured one officer knocking over and breaking a basketball hoop as two young men attempted to play.

Unfortunately, simply playing outside is now considered dangerous and abusive by some. A Texas mother was arrested for allowing her children to ride scooters outside her home in 2012 after a neighbor reported the mundane activity to police. The mother was charged with child endangerment and spent a night in jail before charges were eventually dropped.

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  1. HoopThievingCops says:

    The jokes for this one just write themselves……….

    Where to start?
    Decent, taxpaying woman buys hoop for kids………..
    Three fat white cops come and steal hoop and ticket woman………
    Kids now going to end up in juvy………

    Ill betcha those fat cops wouldnt have done that in da hood.

  2. Guest says:

    “I need to see your driver’s license again,” one officer asks. “If not, I have to arrest you for refusing to comply.”

    I have a question.
    Why would that fat doughnut muncher need to see her drivers license? She wasn't operating a motor vehicle. She should have told that fat prick to go screw himself.

    • Roger says:

      Might be the same reason that if you fail to sign a ticket they arrest you.

      Of course with these clowns it could be any number of things.

  3. PutDownThatDoughnut says:

    Good Lord!
    That one old, white haired cop was so fat, his vest doesn't fit.

    Now there is a whole new line of ballistic clothing.

    Vest extenders……………..

  4. Roger says:

    Was this in the street? And since when do cops not have any discretion?

  5. TheNewsMadd says:

    More power hungry cops shoving their weight around. Pretty pathetic they have to bully kids

  6. MAJ-12/SM420 says:

    Unbelievable. What are kids to do? Yeah, they can trouble their parents AT WORK and demand they be taken to a sports center or park as suggested OR the sane, compassionate thing to do- allow these kids SOMETHING to do! Aren’t we as a country always bitching and complaining kids are terrors? And how hard is it to slow down, maybe go around kids? The COMPLAINERS are just as much of the problem as the “ordinance” to have these things illegal to put in the street.

    • Roger says:

      I wonder where the basket was at, in the street or in a driveway.

      If it's in a driveway it's private property. Why didn't they just pull it into one?
      And if the kids are playing in the street, pedestrians have the right of way.

      I wonder who called the cops on this, was it someone with friends in city hall perhaps?

  7. DAJO says:

    Plain and simple cops are too scared to do real police work so they bully kids and women.

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