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Thu May 6, 2021, 07:34 PM

Family grateful for Texas City PD's handling of 911 call made over kids playing with Nerf guns

Source: abc13

"They were running around the yard and they had Nerf wars," said Adriana Reyna. "They were wrestling and just enjoying family time."

However, panic quickly set in when they saw police lights and Texas City officers walking toward their home. It was then that the children's demeanor changed.

"They were very frightened," Adriana said. "All of us were. We did not have a clue what was going on."

It turned out someone called 911 on the family, stating there were gunshots and people fighting, according to Adriana.

Read more: https://abc13.com/texas-city-police-respond-to-family-party-called-for-alleged-shooting-call-of-kids-with-nerf-guns/10586505/



the person who made that 911 call was trying to get those kids killed and should be charged

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Reply Family grateful for Texas City PD's handling of 911 call made over kids playing with Nerf guns (Original post)
catsudon May 6 OP
RockRaven May 6 #1
llashram May 6 #2
marble falls May 6 #3
stillcool May 6 #4
Rebl2 May 6 #5
The Unmitigated Gall May 6 #6
BobTheSubgenius May 6 #7
BradAllison May 6 #8
Hekate May 7 #17
BradAllison May 7 #19
summer_in_TX May 6 #9
locks May 6 #10
Grokenstein May 7 #11
Dan May 7 #12
cannabis_flower May 7 #13
BumRushDaShow May 7 #14
cannabis_flower May 7 #16
BumRushDaShow May 7 #18
malthaussen May 7 #15
ExTex May 7 #20

Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 07:51 PM

1. Attempted murder-by-proxy...

Families should not have to be grateful for not being indiscriminately killed by cops. That should be the fucking expectation. For everybody.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 07:53 PM

2. mean despicable people

call in bullshit like this just to see someone possibly killed. Especially if the alleged shooter is of a race/culture they don't like or fear. Heard shots from nerf guns?

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 08:24 PM

3. I have white privilege. This is my white burden: look for the closest neighbor who looks ...

... exactly like me - it's either that guy or wife.

Why can't people leave people causing no problems alone?

It breaks my heart to have an adult screw up the innocent fun of kids.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 08:36 PM

4. the good news of the day

family survives visit from the police due to an anonymous caller.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 08:53 PM

5. Sounds like a new

type of swatting to me. Despicable.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:18 PM

6. Now can we have the rat-bastard

Scumbag who tried to have these kids killed?

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 10:25 PM

7. I totally agree.

Whoever called 911 deserves criminal charges.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 10:36 PM

8. Feels like an Onion story (n/m)

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Response to BradAllison (Reply #8)

Fri May 7, 2021, 03:58 PM

17. You think this is funny? Just asking. nt

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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Fri May 7, 2021, 06:57 PM

19. It's written in the tone of an Onion story

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Like the parents were thanking the hero cop for not opening fire.

Said nothing about it being funny. Sheesh.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:01 PM

9. Every damn day.

Horrible, mean, life-threatening things are happening every damn day.

Thank God nothing tragic happened to the kids and family.

I hope the person who made that call is held accountable. Named and shamed at the very least.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:58 PM

10. For many years

I have worked with so many great people trying to bring down the number of gun deaths every day in our beloved country but we have more guns than ever, more deaths than ever, more suffering and less protected than we ever have been. We don't stand a chance to change gun laws or gun lovers or stop killing..
One small change that would make a real difference is if we stop letting our children have any type of toy gun or anything that resembles a gun, not allow war games in our homes or schools or play and stop the manufacture and sale of all toy weapons. Our children would soon learn that guns are not toys and are only made for killing.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 01:19 AM

11. "Thank you for not murdering us, officers!"

Cop: "Just doing our jobs protecting the community, folks!"
(cop winks at camera; heroic theme music swells)
Voiceover: "Texas City Pee Dee. No bad apples here!"

1. How bad are things, that we're relieved and astonished that a 9-1-1 call didn't end with cops emptying their guns into a child with a NERF gun?

2A. If this caller exists, they need to go to prison.

2B. I have become so paranoid that I am suspicious that a call was even made. You know how stories of officers rescuing animals populate the news after a shooting incident? That's no accident. The feel-good coverage of this non-incident seems like the same thing, dialed up to eleven.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 01:44 AM

12. This is what I would do,

I would contact the Police department to obtain the phone number (or contact information) of the person that made the call.

Then, I would write a Newsletter to my community, sharing the information on the party that they kids were having. I would identify that they were playing a Nerf wars, wrestling and just having childish fun. Then, I would follow up with a concerned person (providing the contact information) contacted the police, and they responded and acted with professionalism, which was appreciated. Then, I would go on to say, that in these times of what are contentious relationships between the Police and communities, where there have been accidential shooting or overreactions, we were concerned when the police arrived. Then, I would say, we didn't understand why the police was called, but if the person (contact information) was concerned about something, in the future they should feel free to contact us and maybe we could address their concerns, about children playing. Then, I would end by saying, at least this time there was not a dreadful accident where someone was killed because of a mistaken overreaction.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 08:26 AM

13. I'm gonna go out on a limb here.

Not everyone who calls the police is trying to get kids killed.

Yesterday was Cinco de May. Lots of people do celebratory gunfire. Sometimes stray bullets kill people. It could be that gunfire was heard. It may or may not have come from the residence that was reported. It could be that guns were fired in the area and the caller thought they were coming from that residence but it was somewhere close by.

It’s also possible that guns were fired from there but were put away by the time the police came.

People should be allowed to call the police when they hear gunshots. The police should be smart enough not to shoot kids with nerf guns.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 09:20 AM

14. I think many of us on DU remember when "cap guns" were popular for kids

and yeah, they were made so they almost sounded "real" when the hammer hit the dot on the strip.





This is a "modern" version using that paper strip -



Those, water pistols, bb guns and similar have been banned here in Philly for decades for obvious reasons. And it's sad when you even have something as large and colorful and outright bizarre-looking as a "nerf gun" potentially being considered something ripe for a "Karen" or a "Ken" to call 911 about.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #14)

Fri May 7, 2021, 03:55 PM

16. Since we don't have access to the call to the police...

I don’t think we can jump to conclusions. The caller may or may not have identified the exact location of the “gunshots”. They might have done what I have done many times when I’ve heard gunshots and said something like “I heard gunshots. I don’t know exactly where they are coming from but it seemed to be north of my condo and pretty close”. The police then come investigate and assume this is what they heard.

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and many people celebrate with gunfire.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #16)

Fri May 7, 2021, 04:07 PM

18. The fact that the LEO went right to THAT house

with people actively enjoying themselves on a FRONT yard, suggests they were targeted.

This wasn't in the pitch dark at night. It was still light and the news report even shows a pic that was snapped of the kids with the officer next to his vehicle and it was just getting to dusk. And that neighborhood is not like a densely packed urban one with 60 houses per block where sounds can echo all over the place.

Here in Philly there are a number of people who shoot off guns on New Year's Eve (like other cities unfortunately), but again, that is at night.

Life for POC nowadays has become like a "sundown town", now worse. You can't be out at night and now you can't fucking go out and be on your front during the day. But then we have seen plenty of videos of that. I feel sorry for any family who has boys.

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Response to catsudon (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 10:21 AM

15. When I was a kid, we had the cops on our street about once a week...

... but never for something as tame as playing War.

-- Mal

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