Matt Mooney told KDVR-TV he was playing tee ball with his 6-year-old daughter and his wife at Donelson Park in Brighton, Colorado, on Sunday afternoon when three police officers showed up to inform him that he was violating social distancing guidelines put in place to slow the coronavirus spread.
The 33-year-old added to the station that he refused to provide his identification to the officers because he was certain he wasn’t breaking any laws.
‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested’
His daughter, however, wasn’t so sure.
“She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested,'” Mooney recalled to KDVR. “At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.”
He told the station the officers handcuffed him right there in front of his daughter.