Autistic mom Bailey Breedlove says Six Flags cop ‘body shamed’ her for ‘too short’ pants as daughter, 11, cried
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA: An autistic mother has accused a park manager and police officer at Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park in Oklahoma City, of body-shaming and threatening her over her choice of clothes when she was visiting with her 11-year-old daughter.
Bailey Breedlove, from Colorado, shared a video of the confrontation on Facebook and TikTok where a female officer rebukes her about her shorts being "too short" after visiting the park on April 30 while her daughter, sitting beside her, was brought to tears. Breedlove said they started recording the altercation so people would have a video of the "unlawful tactics" used by the police officer. In the clip she shared on social media, Breedlove is seen sitting next to her daughter in the park while the manager tells her she is being "disorderly." Both the manager and the cop ask for her ID, so that they can prepare a criminal trespass order against the mother. "Look at this. Look at what you are doing to my daughter," the mom is heard saying, pointing to her child, who is sobbing next to her.
Here is the video:
In an extensive post accompanying the video, Breedlove wrote, "My experience there was traumatizing." She explained that she and her family were welcomed into the park at 5 pm. The problems started a few hours later.
Breedlove claimed her daughter was "yelled at by a park police officer" after she rolled down a hill on her Heelys skate shoes. The officer then "grabbed" Breedlove's shoulder and turned her around, telling her that her denim shorts were "too short." "I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers," she recounted. "[The officer] followed me yelling and calling for backup. Then your incompetent manager showed up and began body shaming me. I was told I needed to go buy new shorts, which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don't want to."
She ultimately agreed to buy new shorts so her family could "enjoy their vacation," but she claimed that it was not the end of her nightmare. She was "threatened with criminal trespassing" and "then pushed and escorted toward the entrance." "I was then pushed and escorted toward the entrance. Accepting this, we were about to leave and were blocked by your female officer from leaving and she pulled out her cuffs and demanded my ID," she added.
'Because they are the police'
When Breedlove demanded an explanation for allegedly being treated in a demeaning manner, she was not given one. "When we asked for probable cause, their answer was 'because they are the police,'" she claimed.
She added: "They wouldn't provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts. Your officers had my 11-year-old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested. Your policies are vague and confusing and the way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful. I paid a lot of money at your park for our family vacation and I believe I deserve a refund for the trauma caused to my family over a pair of shorts on a hot day." Continuing, she said, "I will not be letting this go as this is 2021 and not middle school. The Oklahoma police department has been contacted as well as an attorney. I have a five-year ban now but will not be returning to any of your parks if this is how you treat [women] and law-abiding citizens and visitors. You should be ashamed with yourselves."
In her latest update, Breedlove said she has spoken to the Oklahoma Police Department captain and was told it was not an Oklahoma City police officer who had confronted her at the park.