So much for that “post-racial society” that we keep hearing about. The most recent injustice? Three African American teens were arrested for standing outside a store in downtown Rochester, New York. If this were not an egregious enough example of police racism, these young men were there for one reason and one reason alone: WAITING FOR THEIR SCHOOL BUS.
But that didn’t matter as a Rochester police officers arrested the three boys — Raliek Redd, 16, Deaquon Carelock, 16, and Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, 17 — all star athletes at Edison Tech high school. The three were guilty of waiting to be taken to a basketball game when the white officer decided they needed to be made an example of for their blatant standing in front of a store with predominantly white shoppers.
The cop told the youths to disperse, but they explained that they were waiting for their bus to be taken to a school game. The officer said hew as giving them one last warning to leave and then he arrested them.
“We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus,” Wan’Tauhjs explained WHEC. “We weren’t catching a city bus,” he said further, “we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”
Jacob Scott, the varsity basketball coach of the teens, saw what was happening and got involved, trying to reason with the racist cop.
“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,” Scott told the local news. “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?’”
Surprisingly, the local school board has come to the defense of the boys and their coach, calling this institutionalized police racism “nothing new.”
“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” Rochester City School Board Member Mary Adams is quoted as saying. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”
The boys have been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a sidewalk. Racism is alive and well. SPREAD THE WORD and DEMAND JUSTICE!
(Article by Shante Wooten; image via local WHEC)
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