EUCLID, Ohio (WDTN) – Police in Euclid, Ohio responded to an unusual call this past weekend.
A 16-year-old girl called 911 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.
“911 what’s your emergency?”
It’s not the usual call to 911.
You can hear the teen in the call tell dispatchers, “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 made 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,” police said.
And South Euclid Police saw a teaching opportunity. Officers arrive at the house with body cameras rolling. The body language of Anthony Robertson and his daughter is loud and clear.
In the police body cam video, you hear the teen say, “I want my phone.” Dad tells the officers, “I took her phone because she’s a juvenile and I don’t want her to have it.” Dad continued, “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,” said the teen. An officer responded, “But guess what? Everything that you own… belongs to your mother and your father. Having a phone is not a right.” Dad says, “It’s a privilege.”
Robertson didn’t want to talk on camera but said 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. I can watch her attitude. When her attitude changes then I’ll give it back to her.”