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2 juveniles charged in altercation with Colorado Springs Police

Two Colorado Springs 16-year-olds have been arrested after an alleged altercation with police which ended in an officer using a TASER. According to reports, the incident began on April 18 when police officers went to investigate a disturbance in the 1600 block of Eyrie Drive. A man told police that someone had been throwing rocks in his windows and that he had taken pictures of three juveniles he thought were behind the acts. The man claimed that the juveniles confronted him about the pictures and alleged that a 16-year-old male swung a skateboard at him.

Officers reportedly located the juveniles in question outside of a vehicle in the 1700 block of Big Horn Trail. According to reports, one of the juveniles shoved and punched an officer when police approached and then ran to a nearby house. When police followed the 16-year-old into the house, the teen's father allegedly punched an officer in the head, prompting a second officer to use a TASER on the father and the 16-year-old. A second 16-year-old allegedly tried to keep the police officers from leaving the house with the other teen and his father and was also arrested during the incident.

The 16-year-old who punched the officer was taken to Spring Creek Detention Center and charged with trespassing, felony menacing and second degree assault on a police officer. The 16-year-old who attempted to block the door is facing a charge of obstructing a police officer. He was released on a summons.

Being verbally or physically confrontational with police is never a good idea, and this type of behavior can often lead to additional charges for juvenile offenders. Teenagers sometimes think that because they are under the age of 18, the consequences of a crime will not be severe. In cases of convictions, however, juveniles may face significant penalties, making it important for juvenile defendants to have the proper representation in court.

Source: ABC7, "2 teens arrested after confrontation with Colorado Springs Police" Wayne Harrison, Apr. 19, 2014

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