South Euclid police defend dad’s decision to take away cell phone after daughter calls 9-1-1 on him (video)

Updated: Jan. 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It’s not a 9-1-1 call police are used to -- a 16-year-old decided to call the South Euclid police on her dad because he took her cellphone away.

Dispatch: 9-1-1 what’s your emergency?

Caller: Yes, sir, um ... my father took property which is ... um an $800 phone that doesn’t belong to him.

The teen told the 9-1-1 operator that she knew her father would not be happy with her calling police, but she did it anyway.

Caller: He didn’t pay for it. He didn’t buy it. He doesn’t pay the bill.

Body cam video showed police arriving to the home.

The video provided by police shows she had her arms folded and was angry and from the moment they arrived, the father had the backup her really needed.

In the video he said: “I was giving her some space and was in the house playing a game with the kids and my other daughter told me it was the police so I came out to see you.”

The obstinate teen was outnumbered before she knew it. All three officers on the scene agreed with the father.

On the video you hear one officer say, “Your father has the ability and right to take the phone from you ... having a phone is not a right it’s a privilege.”

The father tried desperately to get his child to see the error of her ways. The second officer told her she is wrong,

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