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Former state trooper handcuffed in front of his 6-year-old at empty softball field for not social distancing

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A family outing to a local softball field in ended with a father being handcuffed in front of his young daughter for not social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As ABC News reports, it happened in Brighton, Colorado, and now the police department there is conducting an internal investigation into its social distancing crackdown that resulted in the arrest.

In another twist, the father who was arrested is a former Colorado State Patrol trooper, who told ABC News he was handcuffed in front of his 6-year-old on a near-empty softball field.

Former trooper Matt Mooney added: “We’re just having a good time, not near anybody else. The next closest person is at least 15 feet away from me and my daughter at this point.”

Mooney says when police arrived they began telling him and others in the area to leave because the park was closed. During the interaction with the officers, Mooney says he told them he believed he and his family were in compliance and practicing proper distancing.

Mooney adds that officers threatened him when he failed to provide his identification.

In the end, Mooney was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, before being released.

The arrest was caught on cell phone camera by former Brighton city councilman Kirby Wallin.

Following the incident, the Brighton Police Department apologized.

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