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(864 posts)
Thu May 6, 2021, 07:34 PM May 2021

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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Family grateful for Texas City PD's handling of 911 call made over kids playing with Nerf guns (Original Post) catsudon May 2021 OP
Attempted murder-by-proxy... RockRaven May 2021 #1
mean despicable people llashram May 2021 #2
I have white privilege. This is my white burden: look for the closest neighbor who looks ... marble falls May 2021 #3
the good news of the day stillcool May 2021 #4
Sounds like a new Rebl2 May 2021 #5
Now can we have the rat-bastard The Unmitigated Gall May 2021 #6
I totally agree. BobTheSubgenius May 2021 #7
Feels like an Onion story (n/m) BradAllison May 2021 #8
You think this is funny? Just asking. nt Hekate May 2021 #17
It's written in the tone of an Onion story BradAllison May 2021 #19
The Onion is a satirical humor site obamanut2012 Jul 2021 #23
One can state that something sounds like satire..... BradAllison Jul 2021 #29
Every damn day. summer_in_TX May 2021 #9
For many years locks May 2021 #10
"Thank you for not murdering us, officers!" Grokenstein May 2021 #11
This is what I would do, Dan May 2021 #12
I'm gonna go out on a limb here. cannabis_flower May 2021 #13
Really? I sincerely doubt it and calls like that Demsrule86 Jul 2021 #32
Sincerely doubt what? cannabis_flower Jul 2021 #36
I think many of us on DU remember when "cap guns" were popular for kids BumRushDaShow May 2021 #14
Since we don't have access to the call to the police... cannabis_flower May 2021 #16
The fact that the LEO went right to THAT house BumRushDaShow May 2021 #18
Yes it does. Demsrule86 Jul 2021 #33
When I was a kid, we had the cops on our street about once a week... malthaussen May 2021 #15
This message was self-deleted by its author ExTex May 2021 #20
Spam deleted by MIR Team EdythEkmark Jul 2021 #21
What was "funny" about being targeted BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #22
Nice job! marble falls Jul 2021 #25
... BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #26
I think we all know the answer to that question. Bleacher Creature Jul 2021 #27
I know I do BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #28
Excellent job! Demsrule86 Jul 2021 #34
Well Elvis has left the building BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #35
welcome to DU gopiscrap Jul 2021 #30
Look for the nearest neighbor who looks like me. I'm starting to understand Rachel Dolezal. marble falls Jul 2021 #24
Spam deleted by MIR Team TimzxX Jul 2021 #31
Are you and Edyth neighbors? BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #38
They Are Now Jim G. Jul 2021 #39
Hope the move BumRushDaShow Jul 2021 #40
Nosy fucking neighbors. apnu Jul 2021 #37


(15,574 posts)
1. Attempted murder-by-proxy...
Thu May 6, 2021, 07:51 PM
May 2021

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


(6,269 posts)
2. mean despicable people
Thu May 6, 2021, 07:53 PM
May 2021

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?

marble falls

(59,594 posts)
3. I have white privilege. This is my white burden: look for the closest neighbor who looks ...
Thu May 6, 2021, 08:24 PM
May 2021

... 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.


(1,879 posts)
19. It's written in the tone of an Onion story
Fri May 7, 2021, 06:57 PM
May 2021

Last edited Fri May 7, 2021, 07:54 PM - Edit history (2)

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

Said nothing about it being funny. Sheesh.


(1,879 posts)
29. One can state that something sounds like satire.....
Tue Jul 20, 2021, 11:47 AM
Jul 2021

While passively observing how unfortunate that it is not, in fact, satire. It's called leaving the unspoken part unsaid.

The Onion themselves admits their place in comedy is fading because you can't make this shit up anymore.


(2,886 posts)
9. Every damn day.
Thu May 6, 2021, 11:01 PM
May 2021

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.


(2,012 posts)
10. For many years
Thu May 6, 2021, 11:58 PM
May 2021

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.


(5,761 posts)
11. "Thank you for not murdering us, officers!"
Fri May 7, 2021, 01:19 AM
May 2021

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.


(3,758 posts)
12. This is what I would do,
Fri May 7, 2021, 01:44 AM
May 2021

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.


(3,783 posts)
13. I'm gonna go out on a limb here.
Fri May 7, 2021, 08:26 AM
May 2021

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.


(3,783 posts)
36. Sincerely doubt what?
Mon Jul 26, 2021, 08:25 AM
Jul 2021

Sure calls should be prosecuted if you can prove the caller had malicious intent. But that might be pretty hard to prove.


(134,108 posts)
14. I think many of us on DU remember when "cap guns" were popular for kids
Fri May 7, 2021, 09:20 AM
May 2021

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.


(3,783 posts)
16. Since we don't have access to the call to the police...
Fri May 7, 2021, 03:55 PM
May 2021

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.


(134,108 posts)
18. The fact that the LEO went right to THAT house
Fri May 7, 2021, 04:07 PM
May 2021

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.


(17,420 posts)
15. When I was a kid, we had the cops on our street about once a week...
Fri May 7, 2021, 10:21 AM
May 2021

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

-- Mal

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(134,108 posts)
22. What was "funny" about being targeted
Tue Jul 20, 2021, 04:30 AM
Jul 2021

by some fucking racist neighbor who called police to harass a family with children playing in the family's front yard?

They were fortunate that the responding officer was trained appropriately. He correctly assessed the situation and converted what could have been a tense situation, into a positive one that goes a long way to help improve the relationships between the police and marginalized citizens who they are supposed to ALSO serve and protect vs racially profiling, stalking, and arresting because some racist demanded it.

Welcome to DU.

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(8,781 posts)
37. Nosy fucking neighbors.
Mon Jul 26, 2021, 10:20 AM
Jul 2021

I bet some neighbor was annoyed that someone was having fun and called the cops to shut them up. I fucking hate those passive-agressive people.

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