Posts Tagged ‘Police’

The Theory Of Justice: One Black Man’s Frightening Encounter With a Cop & His Power

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Black men and police stops


The sound of the door slamming behind me echoed in the dimly lit hallway as I walked down the narrow corridor towards my apartment. An officer blocked my path, holding his arm out in front of me as I attempted to walk past.

“Where are you headed?” he demanded.

I tried to remove his arm from my wrist, attempting to walk around him home a few feet away. “Why are you putting your hands on me?” he asked ferociously.

He was a black cop, about 5’7, stocky and in his mid-to-late thirties. I heard my friend Darnell, listening from the hallway, call out, “Hey Pete, stop being difficult!’’

He had left the stairwell moments before me and now stood in front of our apartment. Both the officer and I ignored him.

“I wasn’t putting my hands on you, simply trying to remove your hand from me,” I explained. “Can I go?”

“I need to see some ID,” he retorted sharply.

“For what?”

My lack of deference angered him. Read more…



March 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Free Web ProxyWednesday, March 5, 2014 (New York, NY)—Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network applauds the City of New York’s decision to drop the lawsuit challenging Local Law 71 which bans “biased-based” profiling in law enforcement.  The law enacted last year by the City Council over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto was a step forward in community safety and in providing confidence to city resident’s that complaints about racial profiling can be pursued.  In dropping the lawsuit, the city is demonstrating their commitment to bettering relations with police and communities.

According to Rev. Al Sharpton: —— Read more…

Just A Few Random Thoughts Regarding The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

April 1, 2012 4 comments

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This is what’s troubling about recent reports about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. Let’s just say that Zimmerman is correct in that Trayvon was bashing his head into the ground. According to the 911 call Zimmerman made, he was told to NOT pursue Trayvon, yet he did, so, in theory, if he had listened to the caller, more than likely, no incident happens that night. BUT, he did pursue Trayvon. Why isn’t Trayvon afforded the same right, according to the ‘stand your ground’ law that Zimmerman chooses to use as his defense? Even IF Trayvon was whipping his ass, doesn’t Trayvon have the right to stand his ground? Zimmerman is following him, which immediately puts Trayvon in a defensive stance, common sense tells you that. But let me state that I do NOT believe Zimmerman’s version of what transpired, BUT, even IF it happened that way, he is STILL the aggressor in this situation. Of course, we will NEVER know…. Read more…

Let’s Stop And Frisk the New York Police Department

March 26, 2012 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBy Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton

The controversial ‘program’, Stop and Frisk is a legal reason for law enforcement to harass, er, stop mostly minorities in the hopes of catching some infraction (Firearms, drugs, etc.) in the name of preventative measures to stop alleged criminal activities before they happen.  I’m sure this was put in place because before this ‘program’ was instituted, it was illegal to do this without just cause (and mind you, in New York City, just cause is being Black and any other non-white race. As we know it, the police stopped us ‘just cause’ we’re minorities.) This has been controversial since its inception because it usually happens in minority neighborhoods (or as law enforcement likes to say, ‘high crime areas’. That is cop speak for any neighborhood that houses mostly Blacks and Latinos).

Nearly 90% of the ‘victims’ of the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program (Stop and Frisk- New York Civil Liberties Union’s stats) were ‘innocent’ of any infractions, yet, this continues in the name of ‘preventing crime’, yet, there are crimes in other areas of the city, yet, the ‘citizens’ of those neighborhoods aren’t subjected to this method. What I don’t understand is how can this practice be justified when only 10% of the people harassed, er, stopped, may have weapons, drugs or anything illegal on them? Law enforcement claims it is preventing crime by doing this but how come they aren’t on the Upper East Side frisking white kids who deal drugs, carry weapons and commit other crimes as well? Or down in Chelsea or any other ‘non-minority’ area of the city? Read more…

Grandmother Says Her Missing Child Being Ignored Because She’s Black

October 23, 2011 2 comments

Your Black World reports.
A grandmother in Arizona says that the reason her grandchild hasn’t gotten attention for her disappearance is because she is African American.  The girl has been missing for a week, and she has been begging the media to cover her child’s disappearance.  Jahessye Shockley was last seen on October 11 and disappeared while her mother was out running an errand.
Police believe that the girl left the house through the front door, but have no suspects in her disappearance.  They’ve utilized more than 100 officers for the search and checked a 3-mile radius around the girl’s house.  This has produced almost nothing.
Shirley Johnson, the girl’s grandmother, went to the state capitol this week to bring attention to her grand child’s disappearance.
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