Australia takes the stupidity to a whole new level:
POLICE pulled their guns on a 12-year-old boy playing in a yard in the Northern Territory because they thought he was hiding behind a fence with a rifle.*snip*
The "weapon" was a broken 1m-long curtain pole with black duct tape, the Northern Territory News reports.
At least five officers sped to the scene in two paddy wagons and a blue patrol car.
They jumped out of their vehicles, two of them drawing their guns, and urged the boy to drop his weapon.
He was told to sit down on the footpath and then a police officer put a hand on his shoulder and pushed him down," Ms Mahoney said.
Give the police credit, they did apparently figure out what was going on quickly enough, but damn. Way to encourage imaginative play, folks!