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Florida Cop Harasses Black Man With Made Up Law

Apparently stepping outside the walk lines in Florida is a major felony. Not to mention getting arrested for a non-existent law.

Just another case of Walking While Black and an out-of-control racist cop.

WATCH: Florida cop makes up law to ticket black man for walking without identification

According to the Miami Herald, a police officer in Jacksonville, Florida incorrectly cited a law requiring identification for drivers when giving a ticket to a black man for jaywalking and for not having an ID on him, as shown in a viral video the man in question posted on social media.

The video posted by 21-year-old Devonte Shipman on June 20 shows Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Officer J.S. Bolen confronting Shipman for jaywalking.

“Miami Beach, 1962?” the Herald report asked. “No, Jacksonville, 2017.”

When Shipman asked the officer what he’d done wrong, the cop told him that he was fining him for jaywalking, which costs $65. Bolen then asked the young man for his ID, and when he told the officer he didn’t have it, Bolen “snapped.”

“That’s another infraction,” Bolen said. “In the state of Florida, you have to have an ID card on you identifying who you are or I can detain you for seven hours until I figure out who you are.”

According to the Herald, however, the officer got the law wrong — Florida Statute 322.15 requires licensed drivers to always have their licenses when driving and can incur a $136 fine if they do not, but no such law exists for walking without a license.

“Bolen also gave Shipman a citation for failing to obey a pedestrian control signal, another $62.50 fine,” the Herald noted.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Drinking Coffee While Black in Cincinatti

This arrest for walking down the street sipping coffee is supposedly under review…

Yeah…Right.

Drinking coffee while black: Ohio cop stops black man strolling down the street –then slams him into wall

Saying, “This is what we have to go through in Cincinnati,” a black man strolling down the street drinking a cop of coffee filmed a police officer stalking him, leading to  a confrontation that ended with him handcuffed and face-down on the ground.

In the video uploaded to YouTube, a man identified by The Free Thought Project as 29-year-old Charles Harrell, can be seen on screen with a police officer on a bicycle following closely behind him.

“You can’t be a black man and enjoy your morning, because the police are going to harass you in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Harrell explained. “Walking down the street, the cop just asked me if I have a problem.”

Off-camera the officer, identified as Baron Osterman, can be heard telling Harrell that he crossed against the light on the deserted street.

“Sir, you were scaring me, sir. I don’t know why were following me, anyway,” Harrell replied. “You were following me all the way down the street.”

Told to set his phone and coffee cup on the ground, Harrell refused before offering his ID to the officer only to be told “don’t reach around” when he went for his wallet.

Protesting that the officer was violating his rights, Harrell is told to put his hands behind his back, leading to a scuffle with Harrell slammed into a wall before being pulled to the ground where he is handcuffed

Harrell’s cellphone continues to record the altercation from the ground after it fell between the officer’s legs.

Harrell was arrested for a pedestrian violation, resisting arrest and a small amount of marijuana that was found on him.

Informed of the video, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac issued a statement the incident is being reviewed internally.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Walking While Black…Not!

Jogger exercising and walking on the wrong side of the road, not using the sidewalk.Local police stop jogger and politely suggest she move across the road to face traffic for safety reasons…

Jogger turns out to be a College Professor of Journalism…And a few days later writes an op-ed in the paper on being “racially profiled”.

Then the Police released the Dashcam footage…showing…absolutely…nothing. Except of course the professor walking on the wrong side of the road on the street instead of the sidewalk.

Anyone else feel someone needs to sit this “professor” down and tell her to STFU?

This is not a BLM moment. It is just a couple of cops doing their job.

I don’t buy the “Rorschach moment” – I see an inability to admit doing something wrong.

Got stopped by a cop one time, while trailering a boat in southern Virginia. Wasn’t speeding, had checked the lights before starting the trip to make sure they were working, the boat was strapped down tight… The cop explained that one of the screws in my trailer license plate had fallen out, and the holder was flopping in the wind and might fall off. I thanked him for alerting me to the fact, which saved me $60 in the cost to replace the plate if it had been lost. Temp fix with a Zip Tie (best thing since Duct Tape!), and on my way.

That is quite simply is a small part of what good Cops do.

Racism? By whom? This video of Texas cops stopping a black professor is a racial ‘Rorschach test’

On Oct. 24, University of North Texas professor Dorothy Bland was walking around her affluent Dallas suburb when she was stopped by police. Bland, who is African American, had been exercising in the street. The cops, who are both white, asked her to walk in the opposite direction so she could see traffic or, even better, to use the sidewalk. Roughly three minutes later, she was on her way.

The short and seemingly simple interaction has proved anything but, however.

Several days later, Bland, who is the dean of UNT’s journalism school, penned an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News claiming that she had been racially profiled.

“Walking while black is a crime in many jurisdictions,” she wrote. “May God have mercy on our nation.”

Dorothy Bland

Corinth Police responded by releasing the officers’ dashcam video of the interaction and claiming Bland had turned a “cordial” stop into a “racial issue.”

“If we didn’t have the video, these officers would have serious allegations against them,” police chief Debra Walthall told Fox News. “Every white officer that stops an African American does not constitute racial profiling.”

Now it is Bland, not the cops, who is facing pressure as nearly 2,500 people have signed a petition urging UNT to fire her.

Although disciplinary action against either the professor or police appears unlikely, the viral video is still generating a heated debate about law enforcement and race relations in this country.

Like Bland, many Americans see the stop as a subtle but significant instance of racial prejudice by police.

“If officers were concerned only about Bland’s safety and her impeding traffic, why did they ask her for her ID? Why did they need her birthdate? Why did they radio in a ‘name check’?” wrote Dallas Morning News writer Leona Allen, who is African American.

“We’re not fools,” Allen added. “Sure looks like they’re calling to check to see if she had outstanding warrants.”

Many others were equally angry — but with Bland.

“As a person of color, this upsets me,” said former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, who is also African American. “Particularly against what happened in South Carolina. Particularly as this country is wrestling with very real concerns regarding the police treatment of African American youth.”

“She took advantage of a very innocent and thoughtful police response — walk on the right side of the street — she’s just looking for her Skip Gates moment,” Kirk told the Morning News, referring to the 2009 arrest of black Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, which led to accusations of racism against the Cambridge, Mass., police officer. “There’s a real danger here.”…

“It’s a Rorschach test,” wrote Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd of the video. “The way we interpret it probably says a great deal about our beliefs, expectations and experiences in a nation that remains woefully divided along racial lines.”

Were it not for America’s simmering debate over race and policing, the incident could be chalked up as an example of the so-called Rashomon effect. The phenomenon, in which different people draw contradictory interpretations of a single event, draws its name from the eponymous 1950 classic film by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

What is undisputed is that Dorothy Bland was walking in the street near her Corinth home on the morning of Oct. 24, when she was stopped by two white police officers.

“I was dressed in a gray hooded ‘Boston’ sweatshirt, black leggings, white socks, plus black-and-white Nike running shoes,” Bland’s recounting began. “Like most African Americans, I am familiar with the phrase ‘driving while black,’ but was I really being stopped for walking on the street in my own neighborhood?”

She continued:

Knowing that the police officers are typically armed with guns and are a lot bigger than my 5 feet, 4 inches, I had no interest in my life’s story playing out like Trayvon Martin’s death. I stopped and asked the two officers if there was a problem; I don’t remember getting a decent answer before one of the officers asked me where I lived and for identification.

I remember saying something like, “Around the corner. This is my neighborhood, and I’m a taxpayer who pays a lot of taxes.” As for the I.D. question, how many Americans typically carry I.D. with them on their morning walk? Do you realize I bought the hoodie I was wearing after completing the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education in 2014? Do you realize I have hosted gatherings for family, friends, faculty, staff and students in my home? Not once was a police officer called. To those officers, my education or property-owner status didn’t matter. One officer captured my address and date of birth.

I guess I was simply a brown face in an affluent neighborhood. I told the police I didn’t like to walk in the rain, and one of them told me, “My dog doesn’t like to walk in the rain.” Ouch!

Bland was clearly angered by the encounter. She compared the stop to other instances in which African Americans have died at police officers’ hands.

“Although I am not related to Sandra Bland,” who died in a Texas jail after a traffic stop, “I thought about her, Freddie Gray and the dozens of others who have died while in police custody,” the professor wrote. “For safety’s sake, I posted the photo of the officers on Facebook, and within hours, more than 100 Facebook friends spread the news from New York to California.”…Read the rest of the article here

 

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, The New Jim Crow

 

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Walking While Black

This one is hard to believe. A black man, committing no crime other than walking down the street to his house…

Gets stopped for having his hands in his pockets on a 30 degree day.

Sheriff Defends Stopping Black Man For Walking With Hands In His Pockets

A black Michigan man who was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy after walking with his hands in his pockets said he believes he was the victim of racial discrimination.

The local sheriff says the deputy acted appropriately, and that the video of the incident doesn’t show the full story.

Brandon McKean, 25, told The Huffington Post he was in the middle of walking a mile from a friend’s house in Pontiac, Michigan to his own home to eat dinner around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The temperature had hovered around freezing that day, and he had his hands in his pockets.

McKean had been walking for just a few minutes, he said, when an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy drove up, got out of the car and questioned him. McKean began filming with his phone.

“You were walking by … well you were making people nervous,” the deputy says in the video McKean recorded, above. “They said you had your hands in your pockets.”

“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it’s snowing outside?” McKean responds.

“They did,” the deputy says. “I’m just checking on you.”

McKean posted the video on Facebook, intending to show a few friends what he considered an absurd and unjustified stop by police. But it quickly went viral, with many outraged commenters sharing the post. By Tuesday, the video had been seen more than 3 million times, according to Facebook’s stats, and had circulated widely, from Gawker to “The Colbert Report.”

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard forcefully objected to the version of the incident that comes across when McKean’s clip is viewed on its own, saying it doesn’t clarify the reason for the stop and leaves out context. McKean’s video cuts off before the end of their conversation, when the deputy further explains why he stopped McKean and the importance of following up on any 911 call.

The video “was posted with an agenda,” Bouchard told HuffPost.

The sheriff said that before McKean was questioned, a business owner called 911, audibly frightened, about a man who had walked by the shop six or seven times looking in the windows with his hands in his pockets. The caller believed the man was casing the business and that a robbery could be imminent. The business and its employees had reportedly already been robbed seven times.

Bouchard would not name the deputies who were dispatched nor the business, but said they had determined the person the 911 caller described was McKean, “without question.” After the furor over the video, the sheriff’s office posted their own video, which the deputy had also recorded with a phone.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in American Genocide

 

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