Albuquerque, NM — Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to some of the world’s most dangerous cops. After a Supreme Court decision this week, we now know why they are able to continue in spite of their horrid track record. In typical police state fashion, the court decided the arrest and charges of a 13-year-old child — for burping in class — were fine and dandy.

In what sounds like a piece out of the Onion, Reuters reported that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a civil rights lawsuit against a New Mexico police officer for arresting a 13-year-old boy who burped repeatedly and disrupted his class.

The arresting officer, Arthur Acosta was granted qualified immunity and will be protected from any lawsuit.

According to Reuters, Justice Neil Gorsuch did not take part in considering whether to take up the case. Before joining the Supreme Court in April, Gorsuch was part of the three-judge federal appeals court panel in Colorado that previously ruled 2-1 in favor of Acosta. Gorsuch was the dissenter in that ruling, saying the boy should not have been arrested for intentionally belching.

The original incident happened in May of 2011 at Albuquerque’s Cleveland Middle School. After repeatedly burping in class, instead of simply disciplining the child, the school called the cops. The 13-year-old boy, who was in 7th grade at the time, was then searched, arrested, handcuffed, and brought to jail — for burping.


After being held in a juvenile detention center for over an hour, his mother was finally informed that her son had been arrested.

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The boy’s mother filed a lawsuit rightfully arguing that her her son’s arrest was unlawful and resulted in excessive force. However, thanks to the insanity of the legal system, she has no recourse against the school officials or the cop who kidnapped her son for burping.

“At worst, [the boy] was being a class-clown and engaged in behavior that would have subjected generations of school boys to an after-school detention, writing lines, or a call to his parents,” a complaint filed by her attorneys said. However, instead of using these normal means of discipline, the school opted for the barrel of a gun.


After being arrested, the child was then suspended for the remainder of the school year.

Originally, the court also ruled on a separate complaint brought against the school for their decision to search the boy the following November, after the arrest.

According to court documents, the assistant principal suspected the child was involved in a marijuana deal and made the boy remove his shoes and jeans, and flip the waistband of his shorts outward. The search was fruitless and revealed that the principal’s suspicions were false.

According to the Guardian, the mother argued the school official engaged in an unlawful strip search of the boy. But the court found the use of the term “strip search” was a stretch and did not violate the boy’s constitutional rights.

According to Reuters, in her appeal to the Supreme Court, the teen’s mother said Acosta should have known that New Mexico law clearly establishes that arrests of school children must be reserved for violent offenses or when other students are at risk of harm.

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Criminalizing “everyday acts of misbehavior” pushes kids out of school and teaches them that there is no limit to the power of the state to arrest them, the mother argued.

When a child is arrested for being the class clown and a court not only upholds the arrest but grants immunity to the ones who conducted it, something is seriously wrong.

Kidnapping and caging a child for burping shows that the mere act of being a child is now criminalized.


Instead of attempting to solve a problem with logic and reason, schools are now taking the easy road and turning to the barrel of a gun to force compliance. This is not only dangerous and lazy, but entirely unnecessary.

A study of more than 185,000 private and public school users from 2010 to 2014 revealed that violence is largely a problem in the public school sector. Private schools, unlike public schools, have an incentive to create a safe and caring environment for their students, so they take a far more proactive approach to prevent bullying — and it works.

Without using police force, private schools are able to reduce bullying and violence to levels far below that of public schools. Imagine that.

What this data illustrates is the societal dependence on the state to solve matters that should be handled without government. Being dependent upon the state to solve one’s problems is a de facto dependency upon violence.


If you truly want a glimpse into the horrid effects of the police state on all school children, take a scroll through our archives, at this link.

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Until people wake up to the reality of relying on a system of violence to maintain “order,” we can expect this problem to get worse.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Fucking disgusting! Pay attention, everybody – we’re going to owe our grandkids some answers when they ask us how the world became such a bleak, miserable place.

    • Guy

      I wonder Cat. Will they even know the questions to ask ?

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        Granny, why do the people on TV have plenty to eat while we’re all dying of hunger?

        • whattabunchacrap

          Because we had to use our grocery money to pay the cable bill.

        • Guy

          Not if I have anything to do or say about it they won’t ! As to the rest ? it’s just more ca-ca floating under the bridge, while the kids are planning there extreme vacations, being totally clueless, except for what they see and hear on the iphones in their pockets ! Unless you happen to be a poor black or latino 18 yr old, living in Detroit’s Ghetto, along with your homies, Grips, Blood’s, or MS-13’s. Then it’s probably very different !

    • whattabunchacrap

      Three words… It’s Woodrow Wilson’s fault.

  • JW Mack

    What is truly despicable is how you cop apologists can excuse anything
    your boys is blue do, regardless of how absurd it is! The principle
    should have handled this alone! For not doing that he is a pussy and
    should be replaced with someone who understands discipline. As for the
    cop, if he had an ounce of common sense he should have showed up and
    told the principle this is Not a police matter and sited the principle
    for calling the police for a non police matter!

  • Gordon Klock

    The worst part about these stories, is the stone faced complicity, of these legal, & educational, “professionals”, actually going through with these weird, & stupid, obviously destructive, policies, almost as if they regard having a ‘soul’, as some form of ‘mental illness’…..

  • Ibcamn

    indoctrination center…..schools today are only there for one thing…to teach kids to bow down,to get on beded knee and bow to those in charge,the powers that be[for the stupid]the ones who have the power and money make the rules,winner write history,well now we know why schools stopped teaching the correct history,only the rewrote history,teachers are the big problem here…cops are the next ones to blame….then the idiots who put the cops in schools…./..this is just the creation of a pipeline to the prison system…just the way the powers that be wanted…
    think about it people,the cowardly faggot cop actually arrested the child,he felt so good about what he was doing,so confidant the courts were behind him on it,he did it,to feel like a man,and the teacher,all proud of herself too,calling a pussyfied cop on a child…..and the school letting it happen…what does that tell you about that feminist-cuck-SJW riddled town of assclowns………all this is fucked up people,wake up

  • G’ma G

    To be clear: The US supreme court did not rule kids can be arrested for burping in class. It allowed a finding that the arresting officer is immune from prosecution to stand. Big difference Matt–you don’t need to sensationalize. Your reports are very informative. Police (and other public servants) immunity is the elephant in the room.

  • billdeserthills

    The good news is since this parent managed to afford a trip to Supreme Court, she can afford to put her brat into a nice private school that will tolerate the kids poor behavior