Former Colorado Trooper Detained For Allegedly Ignoring “social distancing rules.”


Former police officer arrested in park for throwing ball with daughter due to coronavirus social distancing rules

The police department has apologized for the arrest, calling it an “overreach.”

By Jeffrey Cook, Clayton Sandell and Jennifer Leong

April 8, 2020, 6:30 AM

In an incident caught on video, a former Colorado State Patrol trooper said he was handcuffed in front of his 6-year old daughter on a near-empty softball field Sunday by Brighton police officers enforcing  The department apologized Tuesday afternoon, calling the incident an “overreach by our police officers.”

Matt Mooney, 33, told ABC News he walked with his wife and daughter from their home to a nearby park Sunday to play softball.

“We’re just having a good time, not near anybody else. The next closest person is at least 15 feet away from me and my daughter at this point,” Mooney told ABC News.

Police arrived soon after, Mooney said, telling him and others in the area to leave because the park was closed.

Mooney said he told officers that he was familiar with the posted rules and believed he and his family were in compliance and practicing proper social distancing. He said he refused to provide his identification when officers asked for it because he had not broken any law.

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