Police in Slaton, Texas, reportedly arrested a woman for asking to see a warrant when they came to her house to bust her son.
"I told him, 'I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.' Those were exactly my words," the woman said. "He said, 'This is how you want to play?' He took two steps back, turned around to the officer and said, 'Take her.' They turned me around, handcuffed me and took me in."
The complainant was aware that police were coming for her 11-year-old son and just wanted to see that they had a warrant. Apparently the warrant did not exist. The end result was that the woman spent the night behind bars and her son remained at home, My Fox Lubbock reported.
"He told me it was their duty to come pick up my son," she said. "Yet, I had someone stay the night at my house. They never came back that evening, they never came to pick up my son, or do what they told me they were there to do in the beginning."
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"This occurred on May 29 when they went out to apprehend this young man," said the family's attorney, Dwight McDonald. "The directive to apprehend was not signed until May 30, which is another indication that they didn't have the authority to go out and arrest him or apprehend this young man."
The Slaton Police Department is willing to apologize as long as no lawsuit is filed, but McDonald wants more.
"If she moves out of Slaton and tries to find a job elsewhere, you can Google her name, and at that point, the arrest, my guess is, is going to show up," McDonald said. McDonald said unless the mother is compensated for her expenses and the trauma she has suffered during the ordeal, a lawsuit is possible.
"I will accept an apology, but what is that going to do?" said the woman. "It's not going to take my picture off the internet sites that have been posted, from being published in the newspaper, from where I work. I've never been in trouble, in 32 years of my life, from anything, and to get thrown in jail because I asked a question is not right."