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This is not a new phenomenon; this has been the practice since the good ol' days of slavery. If there's a suspect to be found and a black man is around, you can bet your last dollar that he'll be the one arrested...if he's lucky.
No, this is not new, but this is 2014, and we have had enough!

It was 10:45 p.m., after a recent Raiders game. Veteran firefighter Keith Jones and his two sons, ages 9 and 12, were walking back to their SUV at Station 29. A fire crew responding to an emergency had forgotten to close the garage door. Jones went in to make sure everything was secure.
What happened next is the stuff of nightmares...especially after Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Kajieme Powell.  
Mr. Jones and his two sons were instructed to put their hands in the air and "Don't move!" while the officer went down in a "shooting stance."
Jones said he told the officer that he was an Oakland firefighter, that he worked at the station and that they were his kids. He asked the officer to allow his kids to lower their hands and tell them everything is OK. Jones said the officer told them to keep their hands up and not to move.
It took some time before the man was able to convince the cop to accept his identification.

That firefighter, citizen of the United States, taxpayer, father of young sons, was just a hair's breadth away from being shot. And here's the kicker, the cop involved? He was wearing body cam.

Harvard-educated, award-winning producer mistaken for robber. Black Harvard-educated, award-winning producer.

Belk, 51, is an acclaimed African-American TV producer who says he was detained because he was "misidentified as the wrong tall, bald head, black male fitting the description."
As he was rushing towards his almost expired parking meter, Belk was approached by a police officer on a motorcycle who told him he matched the description of a bank robbery suspect.
Belk gave the officer his identification and was told to sit on the curb, where he spent 45 minutes, before being taken to the police station

Professor Louis Gates was similarly arrested and mistaken for a robber. In his own home. Note that none of these men work on Wall Street.

The niggerization, criminalization, and thuggification of the black man continues.

h/t to a2.

Please join us in our efforts to get The Michael Brown Federal Over-Policed Rights Act of 2015 (OPRA) enacted into law.

Originally posted to JoanMar on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 06:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by Police Accountability Group, Support the Dream Defenders, Barriers and Bridges, White Privilege Working Group, and Black Kos community.

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