Bailey Breedlove was just spending time at an amusement park with her family when she was allegedly stopped by an officer who accused her of wearing shorts that were “too short.”
Breedlove was at Frontier City, a Six Flags amusement park in Oklahoma City when she says police stopped her 11-year-old daughter for rolling down a hill in her Heelys.
Instead of just telling the mom that her daughter wasn’t allowed to do that, the officer allegedly proceeded to body shame and harass Breedlove.
“Then [the officer] proceeded to follow me and grabbed my arm to turn me around and proceeded to tell me my shorts were ‘too short,'” Breedlove wrote on Facebook.
She also says that the officer called for backup—I mean, how dangerous are short shorts—and then told her she would need to buy other shorts from the park or else she would need to leave. Then, when she agreed, she was threatened with “criminal trespassing.”
“About 7 pm my daughter was yelled at by a park police officer for rolling down a hill on her heelies right next to me. Then she proceeded to follow me and grabbed my arm to turn me around and proceeded to tell me my shorts were ‘too short.’ I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers. She followed me yelling and calling for backup. Then your incompetent manager showed up and began body shaming me.”
“I was told I needed to go buy new shorts which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don’t want to. Then I was threatened with criminal trespassing when I agreed to buy new shorts so my family could enjoy their vacation. I was then pushed and escorted toward the entrance. Accepting this, we were about to leave and were blocked by your female officer from leaving and she pulled out her cuffs and demanded my ID,” wrote Breedlove.
“At this point we started recording so we do have video of the unlawful tactics. They wouldn’t provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts. Your officers had my 11 year old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested. Your policies are vague and confusing and the way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful…I will not be letting this go as this is 2021 and not middle school.”
In a TikTok Breedlove made using footage she took from that incident, you can see the police officer demanding ID as Breedlove’s daughter cries.
After the incident, Breedlove tried to reach out to corporate, but has not received any clarification as to why she was singled out.
According to the park’s dress code, Breedlove did not violate any rules, and there’s apparently nothing about the length of shorts contained in the code.
Breedlove updated her Facebook post saying that she has spoken with the Oklahoma police department captain and was assured that those were not Oklahoma City police officers. The captain said he would look into the situation and sends his apologies.
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