My question involves criminal law for the state of: Ohio
Our daughter invited approximately 12 friends over to our backyard for bonfire/snacks after their graduation ceremony. I helped set up soft drinks, music, bonfire and went inside the house to get freshened up around 10 pm after a long day of graduation related activities. Within 20 minutes after I went inside the house, I noticed a lot of cars on our street and a couple of police cars. There were 50-60 kids some already in our back yard, others heading that way following the music and social media messages. My daughter and her friends indicated that some walked in with open beer containers, others had beer containers in their back pack. None of these kids were invited or knew my daughter. A complete commotion followed as everyone started to run as they saw the police car.
Police did not detain anyone that was drinking/trespassing; however they mistreated/insulted/abused those that were actually invited and were sitting around the fire place peacefully. The police gathered approximately 40-50 soft drink cans, placed 5-6 beer cans that they found on top, took pictures so it would look like the entire garbage can was full of beer cans. One of my daughter's friend stepped aside from all the commotion to call her dad, the police officer called her "stupid, you should have run faster" and then proceeded with twisting both of her arms behind her back leading her to the police car. Moreover, they threatened other graduates and told them that they will make sure they don't go to college.
Needless to say, they also charged me, my wife and my daughter with "Accommodation".
The facts are that 1) we did not provide alcohol 2) we did not allow drinking 3) we did not invite those that were already drinking around the corner cul-de-sac; who most likely tweeted and invited others to our back yard following loud music. 4) All of this transpired over 20 minute periods as I went inside the house to freshen up. 5) I along with my neighbors found beer cans behind their back yards and cul-de-sac.
This seems like going after a scapegoat instead of addressing the real problem "Kids that obviously have access to alcohol, travel with alcohol in their back pack, and drinking on other people's property". The police officers focus also seemed to be misdirected.
How are we as parents any more liable for "Accommodation" when the same kids were drinking in the public area, cul-de-sac and neighboring backyards??? Not to mention they were trespassing to begin with!! A more reasonable approach would have been to question the kids on where they got the alcohol and going after those that sold alcohol to underage kids and actually make an effort to address the real problem.
This is like the 16 year old girl that was kidnapped in Toledo and was being raped by multiple individuals for 3 days and the Toledo police department refusing to help with search citing 72 hours rule per MSNBC; with police charging her dad for breaking and entering when he attempted to free her our of the pimp's house!!! What is our police department coming down to???