A 13 year old Chicago school boy has been suspended from school and is facing a criminal record for throwing a snowball that hit a cop on the arm.

The boy and a group of classmates were on their way home when a snowball was thrown which hit the officer's arm as he sat in his patrol car. The kid, who denies throwing the snowball, said he saw it, and it actually hit the car not the officer. The boy was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery to a 'peace officer', which is a felony.

The kid, who is due in court on March 12th, faces having a criminal record for a felony charge, something that will affect him for years to come over the throwing of a snowball.

Chicago police have confirmed that the boy has no gang affiliation and that he has no criminal record.

What a total waste of time and public money.

In a city like Chicago I'm sure there are far more serious things going on that need the attention of a police officer in a patrol car. Maybe he has decided that arresting kids is an easier way to go than facing real criminals, after all, that may put him in harm's way, can't have that.

Give it a few days and the officer concerned will be reporting sick, the trauma of the whole incident too much for him to bear. There will be a mountain of paperwork to fill in. The psych assessments will say he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, his wife will be saying he hasn't slept properly since the incident, he wakes up in a cold sweat as his subconscious mind remembers the terrible details of the attack….

This officer ought to be ashamed of himself, what a jerk, but at least he never beat him to death, or shot him, or tasered him to within an inch of his life, so I suppose we should all be grateful for that.

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