Texas mother sues police after being arrested for allowing her kids to play outside

Tammy Cooper  
By: John Roberts  

(Scroll down for video) A dedicated stay-at-home mom was arrested for allowing her children age 6 and 9 years old, to play outside.

A neighbor called the police that the kids were riding their motorized scooters without supervision, she was arrested.

Tammy Cooper and her husband moved to their La Porte, neighborhood in Texas, because they wanted a safe place to raise their kids. They live on a quiet street and they never had any issues with the neighbors, until now.

A La Porte police officer responded to the call. When Cooper saw the officer on her property she went outside and asked them what he wanted “Ma'am, we're here for you,” the officer said, a shocked Cooper asked “Oh really? Why?" The officer told Cooper that a neighbor called police claiming Cooper's children, 6 and 9 years old, were unsupervised as they rode their scooters around a nearby cul-de-sac.

However Cooper argued that she was outside the entire time, that she was sitting in her lawn on a chair and she was able to see her kids. The officer told Cooper that she was being arrested on charges of endangering her children because she had allegedly left them outside unsupervised. She was handcuffed and taken to jail.

Cooper was forced to spend the night behind bars. The next day the police department released her as the charges were dropped.
The mother of two says that the experience was "humiliating" and her children were "terrified" as police questioned them.

Cooper is now suing her local police department, the officer who arrested her and the neighbor who called police.

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