Residents Say Police Went ‘Overboard’ After 13-Year-Old Charged With Felony Over Snowball

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Hurling snowballs is a winter pastime for some kids, but for a 13-year-old Chicago boy it’s become a felony offense.

Chicago police say a 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with a felony for throwing a snowball at a police officer after a West Side elementary school let out Wednesday afternoon.

The eighth-grader, who is facing a felony charge of battery to a police officer, told the Tribune he was wrongly picked out of a crowd of kids throwing snowballs, further claiming the ball didn’t strike the cop.

“He (the officer) said the snowball hit him but it hit the car, not him,” the boy, who is a minor and was not named, told the Tribune.

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