This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in January 2015.
One afternoon last December, a brother and sister, ages 10 and 6, were walking a mile along a six lane avenue just north of Washington, DC. A concerned passerby alerted police. A patrol car soon arrived, picked the kids up and took them home, and alerted Child Protective Services, to investigate the matter. The police asked the kids’ dad for identification before releasing them and warned him of the potential dangers his kids faced walking that far unsupervised. The parents were outraged.