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Posted: 3/5/2002 5:49:07 AM EDT
[url]http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/10150548022833710.xml[/url] Boy, 8, faces charges for pointing toy gun Saturday, March 2, 2002 By LIZ COBBS NEWS STAFF REPORTER An 8-year-old Whitmore Lake boy is facing criminal charges for pointing a toy gun at three other youngsters and threatening to shoot them. Even though the incident involved a toy gun, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office said, Tommy Davis' intent was to threaten and scare the other children. The boy, who was 7 at the time of the incident, has a hearing on three felonious assault charges next week in Washtenaw County Juvenile Court. "I think it's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," said Lisa Davis, Tommy's mother. "This is a waste of taxpayers' money. I didn't think it was against the law to have a toy gun. Doesn't the police department have anything better to do than to take complaints from kids who have a dispute with other kids?" Davis said her son had several run-ins with one of the children before the Dec. 6 incident that occurred after school in their Northfield Estates Mobile home community park. Northfield Township Police Lt. Dennis Gruschow said the age of an individual does not prevent an investigation when a complaining witness wants to pursue prosecution. "The police department must investigate allegations of any type of criminal offense," Gruschow said. "We turn over what we have to the prosecutor's office and they make the call on whether to charge an individual." Children as young as 7 can be charged based on a Michigan Court of Appeals decision, said Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Donald Ray, who heads the prosecutor's office at Juvenile Court. The court holds that a child under 7 is not able to form an intent to commit a crime, but a 7-year-old child can form the intent and therefore can be charged. Tommy told The News that on the day of the incident, he and a friend were riding their bikes to another part of the mobile home park when he saw the three children. He said he took the gun out of his pocket. "I just pointed the gun at them," he recalled this week. "I don't know if I said anything bad at them, but they got scared." A Northfield Township police report said the three children, two of whom were 7 and one 6, were on Turquoise Drive, near Barker Road, when Tommy Davis "pulled out a gun and pointed it at them and said he was going to shoot them." Tommy Davis, according to the report, said he never told the children he was going to shoot or kill them, but did tell one of them, "don't fight me anymore." An adult resident driving by saw a child pull a gun "from underneath his jacket and point it at the other children," the report said. The witness saw one child lying on the ground and another with hands raised in the air. When the child with the gun saw the adult, he ran away. The witness, who went over to the children, said one was "crying hysterically saying he was going to shoot us." Tommy Davis is charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. For adults, the maximum penalty for the charge carries up to four years in prison. For juveniles, it's up to the judge's discretion. Ray said the boy could get anything from probation to a stay in juvenile detention. Liz Cobbs can be reached at lcobbs@annarbornews.com or by calling (734) 994-6810.
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 6:18:34 AM EDT
How friggin pathetic !!! I can remember as a kid, we played "cop-n-robbers" and "cowboys-n-indians" almost all day long, every day of the week... Our nieghborhood sounded like a war zone with all the cap guns cracking & popping at each other, up and down the street on our bikes with guns drawn and blazing away, hiding in the bushes waiting to ambush etc... What the hell is happenning to this country ???
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 6:34:45 AM EDT
Northfield Estates Mobile home community park.
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Apparently the police found someone too poor to defend themselves. They'll get a surprise if someone comes-up with some money to help the family. Some cops are like pack of wolves. They wander through neighborhoods looking for the weak to prey on. Watch a license check sometime. The officers more typically harrass the people driving older, more beat-up cars. They know they're less likely to get in trouble for their actions against someone who can't afford a good lawyer.z
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 8:35:51 AM EDT
What a joke. Looks like there is no real crime in Michigan to worry about.
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 9:04:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2002 9:30:17 AM EDT by mousegunner]
How friggin pathetic !!! I can remember as a kid, we played "cop-n-robbers" and "cowboys-n-indians" almost all day long, every day of the week... Our nieghborhood sounded like a war zone with all the cap guns cracking & popping at each other, up and down the street on our bikes with guns drawn and blazing away, hiding in the bushes waiting to ambush etc... What the hell is happenning to this country ???
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Unfortunately, what's happened is that 7 year olds pull *real* guns from under that jacket and shoot people, which is why the other kids had the shit scared out of them. In my day, everyone knew it was a toy; now, no one assumes that. I try to explain to people that when I was growing up in the early 60's, I was in Scouts. Back then we had to build wood fires, so everybody carried hatchets to cut the wood and knives with 5 and 6 inch blades to prepare the kindling. The *worst* thing the scout master had to worry about was that someone might accidently cut themselves. The possibility of 12 to 14 year old kids using them as weapons just didn't exist. Different times...
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 11:42:29 AM EDT
Why am I not surprised, northfield township is close to Detroit. chances are in Michigan, If it defies common sense and reality it came from the Detroit area. Bad stuff has a way of migrating out of that liberal rats nest(Detroit) and infesting the rest of the state.
Link Posted: 3/5/2002 3:07:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Watch-Six: What a joke. Looks like there is no real crime in Michigan to worry about.
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Well It's kinda' funny(For some strange reason [BD]), it only seems to happen in areas where there are Mostly alot of Black, Democratic voters.... Hummmmm!!!
Originally Posted By po89mm: Why am I not surprised, northfield township is close to Detroit. chances are in Michigan, If it defies common sense and reality it came from the Detroit area. Bad stuff has a way of migrating out of that liberal rats nest(Detroit) and infesting the rest of the state.
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Just like the Man said. It gets worse and worse as "They" move out from the city..... Now, not only do I have to worry about My home. kids, wife, and everything else I have, but I have to worry about offending "Them" too! [size=6] WTF! [/size=6] Tall Shadow
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