Courtesy: Lynna Lai (KAMR, KCIT, KCPN)
Police in Euclid, Ohio responded to an unusual call this weekend.
A 16-year-old girl called 9-1-1 after her dad took away her cell phone.
When police came to the home the girl told officers she paid for the phone with her own money.
So who’s right?
“911 what’s your emergency?”
It’s not the usual call to 911.
“My father took property, which is an $800 phone that doesn’t belong to him. He didn’t buy it.”
A south Euclid 16-year old making an emergency call because her dad took her cell phone.
“Certainly if we were busy, it would be pushed to the back burner, but we still have an obligation to respond.”
And so south Euclid police saw a teaching opportunity.
Officers arrived at the house with body cameras rolling.
The body language of Anthony Robertson and his daughter is loud and clear.
“I want my phone.”
“I took her phone because she’s a juvenile and I don’t want her to have it.”
“I can’t inspect it.”
After making sure it was just a disciplinary issue, officers give dad backup.
“It’s my property and I don’t live here.”
“But guess what? Everything that you own belongs to your mother and your father.”
“Having a phone is not a right.”
“It’s a privilege.”
“There’s like, 4 cars, and I’m like, oh my goodness, the police are coming and they look kinda tough, hahaha.”
Robertson didn’t want to talk on camera but told us by phone he wasn’t about to back down when police showed up at his door.
South Euclid police shared the incident on Facebook which got hundreds of likes and shares from empathetic parents.
Meanwhile, did dad give the phone back?
“Most definitely not.”
“Oh, you still have the phone?”
“I can watch her attitude. When her attitude changes, then I’ll give it back to her.”