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Rev William Barber responding to the detention arrest of a black LGBT, Moral Monday advocate, gave this advice:

“Police are hired by police chiefs, who are hired by people that are elected,” he said. He then turned to Turner’s friends, who were crying. “I want you to be angry. Rosa Parks got angry and she changed the world. Take this incident and turn it into power. Anyone who says they’re upset about this profiling of black men, ask them if they’re registered to vote. That’s how we change this system.”

Former state Senate candidate, Ty Turner, was manhandled and unlawfully detained for doing nothing other than handing out voting rights flyers.

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner told Think Progress. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he said I was resisting arrest!”

Here is a second video:

This is how law-abiding, taxpaying citizens of this country are being treated. Profiled, manhandled, arrested, beaten up, shot, killed, simply for breathing while black. This is how law enforcement officers think that they should be policing the black community: No respect, no regard for the dignity of the person with whom they are interacting. Well, dammit, enough is just enough!

I need you to get mad.

Get mad and join us Thursday at 7:30 pm as we discuss The Michael Brown Over-Policed Rights Act of 2015 (OPRA).

H/t to Onomastic.

Originally posted to JoanMar on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 11:33 AM PDT.

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

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