Ah, racial profiling, Will it ever end?
Looks like New York City, with Bill deBlasio coming in this January, might finally be safe for minorities to walk the sidewalks without fear of random and humiliating, arbitrary police stops. Certainly Mike Bloomberg and his police Chief Kelly were all for stop and frisk and the terror it inflicted on their city. But up state, in Rochester, things have gone even further. It's stop and arrest -- skipping the frisk part.
Three Black high school kids, waiting for the school bus to come and take them to basketball practice were arrested a week ago when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.
Disperse? Isn't that usually a term usually reserved for crowds, mobs and unruly gangs? It's hardly appropriate for three high school students waiting at an established bus stop for their bus. Isn't that why they call it a bus stop? They boys explained why they were there and that's when the police did what they set out to do initially. They arrested these three Black teenage boys.
Oh, did I mention that all three are honor students as well as athletes? And did I forget to say that none of them had ever been arrested before?
This is what happens when racists are cops. I bet a simple, "We're waiting for the school bus" would have been fine if these were white kids. But they weren't. And as such, they were singled out.
The police have their own account of this incident. According to WROC-TV:
A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”
Coach Scott [also African-American] arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.
“He [the police officer] goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”
Check out this short news piece to get the fuller story -- but this kind of bulls**t has got to stop.