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Cop Settles Mother-Daughter Dispute By Arresting Daughter

The deputy informed the girl of her rights, and his own views on gender roles and Muslims.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Department in Oregon is attracting some unwanted attention after one of its deputies was caught on camera making controversial statements about Muslims, women, and childrearing while arresting a 14-year-old girl.

The incident occurred last Saturday. Deputy Brian Klostreich responded to a possible domestic violence situation that apparently involved a shouting match between mother and daughter over confiscated makeup. According to neighbor Darren Hall, the deputy's "booming voice" prompted him to take out his phone and start recording.

From what can be gleaned from his edited video, which was released by OregonLive, Klostreich appears mostly calm while speaking to mother and daughter at the door of their home.

His efforts, however, to speak some sense into the errant teen came with some advice that is now proving controversial—including the suggestion that that the child's mother should have "slapped her in the face" and that were his kids to behave in a similar fashion he would "beat the hell out of them."

Klostreich goes on to offer a less-than-modern take on gender roles in society. In a reference to the girl's male guardian being at work, he states, "That's adulthood. That's traditionally what a man's supposed to do. If we can afford it in society the man should be working, and the mom should be at home." He followed this with an attempt to put the girl's teenage angst in a global perspective: "You could be in the middle east with a rag over your head."

At one point during the interaction, Klostreich asks the mother if she would like her daughter arrested. The mother agrees, and the 14-year-old is seen exiting the apartment in handcuffs.

Both the OregonLive article and online commenters have mostly focused on the comments Klostreich made, and there's certainly much one could take issue with there. But perhaps the larger issue is that a police officer is being called on to discipline a child in the home. Traditionally—and Klostreich appears to be nothing if not traditional—it's up to parents to handle disobedient children. Yet both officer and mother seem wholly content with involving the criminal justice system in this particular domestic tiff.

Sadly, this is hardly a new phenomenon. Reason's Robby Soave has exhaustively cataloged a growing trend of schools using police to discipline their students over everything from sexting to brownie jokes. It appears that some parents are likewise OK with minors being treated as criminals first and children second.

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  1. No dead dogs, no discharged weapons, and quite a lack of passive voice…yep I’m with the cop on this one

    1. You’re an idiot. Shouting at each other is not a crime. Giving a 14 year old girl a criminal record for no reason is a crime.

  2. I guess the traditional roles of a man in the deputy’s mind don’t include keeping in shape.

    1. Really. He looks like his primary office is Krispy Kreme.

  3. shoot the mom, shoot the teen, torch the horse, go home safe.

    1. Is “torching the horse” one of those euphemisms?

      1. Watch out, you might get what you’re after…
        Cool baby cop but not an officer
        I’m an ordinary guy
        Burning down the horse

        1. I can’t seem to face up to the facts
          I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax
          I can’t sleep ’cause my glock’s on fire
          Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire

          Police Officer
          Qu’est-ce que c’est

  4. It appears that some parents are likewise OK with minors being treated as criminals first and children second.

    This is not exactly a new trend. I was, uh, involved, in a situation where the cops were called when a girl I knew was staying at a friend’s house for the night and the mother found out the friend’s parents were out of town for the night. That’s all. No drinking, no drugs, she just found out that the other girl’s parents weren’t home. And it was just my bad luck to blunder into the middle of it.

    1. Of all the windows you could have crawled into, you had to pick that one, eh?

      1. My laundry basket and a bottle of root beer saved me.

        1. I can just see you. In your closet at night, writing in your blanket fort under the light of a flashlight geniusly rigged with some duct tape and the rubber bands from the celery in the crisper bin.

          1. Yeah, and? How do you do it? Like with a desk or some shit?

  5. It takes a village, so who is this mother to go against the will of the village as personified in this uniformed public servant? If we’re going to make majority rule work, we can’t have the tyranny of the minority deciding that they get to decide what the majority has a right to decide on. Doing something for yourself without consulting everybody else is a fundamental denial of the precepts of democracy.

  6. His efforts, however, to speak some sense into the errant teen came with some advice that is now proving controversial?including the suggestion that that the child’s mother should have “slapped her in the face” and that were his kids to behave in a similar fashion he would “beat the hell out of them.”

    If you watch an episode of COPS circa 2000 this stuff was par for the course, and those were police who were acting for the cameras.

  7. “Both the OregonLive article and online commenters have mostly focused on the comments Klostreich made, and there’s certainly much one could take issue with there. But perhaps the larger issue is that a police officer is being called on to discipline a child in the home.”

    Yeah, um, speech isn’t a crime, and incorrigible teens are a real thing.

  8. Go, capitalism, go! Our economic system has killed hardline Protestantism and Catholicism, and looks like it is working on Islam.

    E.g.:
    Ackbarretta wants to bone. Potential Boehner won’t bone Ackbarretta without her wearing some makeup, according to the conventional wisdom of public school teenager friends of Ackbarretta. MTV won’t stop making Potential Boehner horny all the time, according to Imamily, a friend of Ackbarretta. Thus teenage rebellion, “forbidden fruit” sampling (sushi style), and self determination win in the end.

    Life is beautiful, humans predictable.

  9. Who’s the asshole that called the cops because of “a shouting match between mother and daughter over confiscated makeup.”? I mean seriously, teenage girls and their moms have shouted at each other since time began.

    And what kind of mom lets their 14 y/o get arrested for yelling at her?

    1. Probably a “tough love” approach gone wrong.

      One of my aunts kicked her 16 year old daughter out of the house for something similarly asinine.

  10. The mother is a genius. Hillary should trot her out … oh, that’s right, Hillary has pneumonia. Goober Kaine should trot her out soon to tell us how Trump is just like Hitler. Reason will surely pen a beeming endorsement of this ‘gold star’ mum.

    1. If you want to see the difference between how Mitt and his staff fought and how Trump and his staff fight, watch this interview on CNN. She doesn’t let the CNN hack off the ropes for a second. Tons of deflection and dishonesty, but she knows how to win.

      1. Whatever his faults, it’s nice to see someone’s campaign manager call out these fucking hacks.

      2. In what sense is that a win?

        1. I said it was deflection and dishonesty and you know what? Deflection and dishonesty mixed in with a brawler’s attitude will win you an election. I can’t remember a presidential election where that didn’t win it.

          1. In most elections both sides do that, so you must not remember many presidential elections.

    2. Hillary has pneumonia

      Maybe she’s fallen and she can’t get up.

    3. Is the lack of Trump articles driving you insane?

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  12. I’ve got it. The ultimate jobs program: a cop in every home. That would finally fix society once and for all. And it would make a great sitcom pitch.

  13. To very large extent the cops advise to the girl that “You could be in the middle east with a rag over your head.” is totally spot on. Women need to value the freedom they have in this country and be proud defenders of it.

  14. I was raised by my grandmother a 60s era hippie, (violence is never the answer, except when disciplining children apparently). Anyways I was an A+ student never got into any trouble in school. Unfortunately my grandmother decided to buy me a roller backpack one day to replace one that had ripped. A bully came up and tried to kick my ass.
    I got into trouble for defending myself and was really upset when my gma did not back me up with the principle. She brought me in to talk to my 6th grade teacher started complaining about how she didn’t have a man to discipline me. The teacher offered to beat me for her after he got off work and was actually hitting on my gma. It was that day that I learned that adults and the world in general were completely fucked.

    1. Like the government, so often, does not do, grandma did not contemplate the unforeseen consequences of her actions! Sadly, the schools still seem to protecting the bullies! We all lived through it. I would like to see the bullies stopped. But,like many other things in life, I don’t see that ending soon!

  15. Nobody wishes to dirty their own hands.

  16. You forgot to mention the cops are trying to have the man who recorded all this arrested for wiretapping.

    Ka-CHING!

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