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Cleveland Police Confiscate Boys' Basketball Hoop (Video)

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Cleveland police officers recently confiscated a basketball hoop that Cheri Fiorilli bought for some neighborhood children who help her with yard work.

Fiorilli and 19 Action News filmed police as they took the portable basketball hoop down and put it in their car (video below).

“There’s no warning,” a police officer told Fiorilli, who recorded him on her cell phone. “There’s nothing I can do. There’s no leeway.”

Fiorilli was also threatened with arrest if she did not show the police officer her driver's license.

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

Fiorilli must now pay $182 in a fine and court fees.

“I’m not living like this,” Fiorilli told 19 Action News. "I pay my taxes. I am ashamed of what that man did, the example he set for these kids."

The Cleveland Police Department refused to go on camera and discuss the incident, which they were so proud of only hours before, but did say via email that the kids had been previously warned not to play basketball in the street.

For reasons unknown, the police officers ignored another basketball hoop on the same street that sat in front of a stop sign.

While police crack down on basketball hoops, Cleveland ranked as the fourth most dangerous city in the U.S. in 2013, noted CNN.

Out of 72 cities, Cleveland is second only to Oakland, Calif., when it comes to robberies and assaults.

According to News Net 5, Cleveland's murder rate soared in early 2013.

Sources: 19 Action News, CNN, News Net 5

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