I’m a witness: If you’re black, you “fit the description”

Virginia Beach, VA – An investigation has begun after a video posted on Twitter showed Virginia Beach police officers handcuffing an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity. The man in the video, who has yet to be identified, was approached by police while he was eating lunch at… The post Innocent Dad Goes…

Innocent Dad Goes Off On Cops After They Almost Arrest Him Because He “Fit the description” — Black Main Street

Cops Wrongly Arrested a Black Woman and Handcuffed Her Naked. Now Someone Has Resigned.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy8x4q/cops-wrongly-arrested-a-black-woman-and-handcuffed-her-naked-now-someone-has-resigned

Me (“nomad”). My 2013 Episode

I don’t know what to say. I was standing in my own backyard when a policeman came up the driveway with his gun drawn and began giving me orders. “Come here!” and the like and was none too pleased with my reticence or my questioning of his actions. He said he was responding to a domestic disturbance and put me in handcuffs before even ascertaining if indeed there was such a thing going on at this address, if I lived there or even talking to anyone else at the house. There was no disturbance of the kind happening at my address, nor anywhere nearby. I had been out in the front and back doing yard work and had even walked down the street a bit to stretch my legs. I was resting at my own back door  when the man with the gun accosted me.  The cuffs were too tight and officer unfriendly seemed to relish his ability to impose his authority upon me as he secured me in the backseat of the police car; all before even knocking on the door of the house so that my sister, the only other person in the house at the time,  could vouch for my innocence. I’ve never been handcuffed before and this is only the second time in my life I have had a gun drawn on me. Both times it was by police; and both times I had done nothing wrong. It was not humiliating, really, as one might imagine such an event to be. Just infuriating. Niggerized again. The asshole was white; though black policemen can be just as abusive; they are generally more discerning in their inevitable racial profiling; cognizant that black skin in a bad neighborhood does not automatically make a person a criminal. I made sure to file a complaint against this jerk, for whatever good that will do. I can only hope it doesn’t result in some kind of police retaliation. Still, the message is loud and clear. The ghetto is under martial law now, as the elevated police presence in the neighborhood these past two weeks indicate. My wrist still hurts from this fucker putting the handcuffs on too tight. A scared little pudgy white man among a zoo full of niggers; too quick to draw his gun. It’s a good thing I wasn’t smoking a joint at the time. I’d be in jail right now. (May 5, 2013)

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