Ian O'Doherty: Step away from the pencil and nobody gets hurt
We all know that cops have a hard time of it. Their pay is fairly lousy, the hours are frequently horrible, and for American cops there's always the good chance that some crack-addled mentaller will shoot you for the sheer hell of it.
But it seems that sometimes they really could come up with a better use of their time.
Cops in Colorado are copping some flak at the moment after they arrested an 11-year-old boy at his home, handcuffed him, put him in the back of a patrol car, brought him down to the station where they booked him, fingerprinted him and took his mug shot.