The amount of silly overreach we are beginning to see with some police officers (threatening nursing mothers, etc.) would be comical if it wasn’t so sad. See below…

Pregnant mom, Brooke Johns was driving in the car with her 3-year-old when he announced he had to go. NOW. Pulling over into a gas station, Johns tried to move fast enough but the toddler couldn’t hold it. And that’s when things got dicey; what was a 3-year-old urinating in a parking lot, on his way to the toilet, has turned into a citation and potential jail time. 

Recalling the situation, Johns said,

“He’s like, ‘Mom, I’ve got to pee. I’ve got to pee!’ I was like, ‘Well, hold on,’ and he’s like, ‘No! I’ve GOT to pee! I’ve got to REALLY pee.’ And I’m like, ‘Baby, there’s nowhere for me to go, and he says, ‘Momma, I’m about to pee in my pants!'”1

However, as pregnant as she was, she couldn’t pick him up– because she was too pregnant- so she tried to cover little Cohen up as best as possible as he relieved himself right there in the parking lot.

That act caught the attention of a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy who cited her with a disorderly conduct charge.

“She allowed her male child to urinate in the parking lot,” the deputy wrote on the citation. “I observed the male’s genitals and the urination. Public restrooms are offered at the location.”1

Johns court date is on April 30th, just days before she is due. If convicted, she faces up to 60 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Totally insane.

But when asked about the citation, the Sheriff’s Office simply quoted an ordinance against “any person who damages, befouls or disturbs public property or the property of another so as to create a hazardous, unhealthy or physically offensive condition.”1

More proof that police officers need training. Lots and lots of training. (Although you can’t train someone in common sense.)



  1. WCCO 4, CBS Minnesota