So Ahmed actually being physically jailed for doing nothing wrong is NOT "Victimization", but encouraging him by telling him he that he made a Good Clock is victimization? And "clearly" the police "made a mistake"? Yeah, well clearly, they and their Mayor don't think so.
I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat. They have procedures to run when a possible threat or criminal act is discovered. They follow these procedures in the sole interest of protecting our children and school personnel. To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol for investigating whether this was an attempt to bring a Hoax Bomb to a school campus. Following this investigation, Irving PD has stated no charges will be filed against the student. I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools.
How difficult is it for them to realize there was no explosives
in the "bomb"? How much "Detecting" and "Investigating" did they do before the assumed the worst
and treated and innocent boy as a criminal?
I don't see anything in the Mayor's statement that indicates that this "mistake" won't happen in exactly the same way next time, and the time after that, and the time after that. In the same way it was a "mistake" for NYPD to violently tackle former tennis star James Blake about which his mother stated:
Betty Blake, who is white, was born in the UK and moved to the US at age 16. She raised two biracial sons with her black husband Thomas, and wrote in her piece: “I believe the great majority of people who read this story know it has to do with race. It seems there’s no end to racism in this country – in fact, it seems to get worse.
“We can legislate against it, but how do you eradicate it from people’s hearts? Where did the South Carolina murderer learn such hatred? Some parents still bring up their children to look on different races as inferior, and what you learn as a child tends to stay with you.”
Betty Blake, who is 80, said it was “impossible” for white people to understand what life for black Americans is like. “Long before I met Tom [my husband] I often pondered the racial situation in this country, especially during the two years I lived in Missouri, where segregation was still lawful. I had never encountered this in England. Hearing some of Tom’s experiences made me realize that as a Caucasian it’s impossible to empathize completely with the plight of an African-American in this country.”
What Palin clearly doesn't understand is that these situation can be not just humiliating but also traumatizing.
When you've been repeatedly harassed, hassled, singled-out, attacked, assaulted and brutalized you can - and you will - develop traumatic stress over it. James Blake talks about how he felt "raw" after the arrest, how he keeps playing it over and over in his head. I have little doubt, if not for the intervention of the President, and of MIT and others, that same horrible negative stain of terror and shame would remain in the memory of 14-year-old, let me repeat 14-YEAR-OLD
Ahmed Mohammed for the rest of his life.
And if you fail to survive as did Eric Garner who actually didn't have any loose cigarettes on him to sell or Jonathan Crawford who was just shopping at Walmart not "brandishing a loaded weapon" in the "open carry" state in Ohio, or Tamir Rice who was playing alone in a playground not threatening anyone with a weapon, their families are the ones who are traumatized and brutalized. As our their friends, as is their community.
Eric Garner did nothing wrong. Jonathan Crawford did nothing wrong. Tamir Rice did nothing wrong. James Blake did nothing wrong. Ahmed Mohammed did nothing wrong.
And yet the people who did do something wrong, who made a "mistake" as you call it, - the Police-Americans who Bristol feels are the "real victims" here as they stand over a wrongfully arrested teenager or over the body of a bloodied, bruised or dead wrongfully stopped, wrongfully arrested, wrongfully killed person of color - there's no indication that any of them will pay for their "mistake" or that they won't just continue making that "mistake" over and over and over again.
THAT - that fact right there - is what is driving the racial strife in this country, not President Obama.
It's been this way in America for decades, for centuries even. It didn't start with the election of President Obama and it won't end after his final term is over, it's just that some people finally started to notice.
And they aren't gonna forget. Not any time soon, not until the "mistakes" stop happening to black people at a rate that is 3 to 4x higher than it does to others. When it stops happening to black people at that ridiculous rate, when Police-Americans start to act like Black Lives Actually Do Matter not just White Ones, that's when we stop "egging it on".
11:56 PM PT: Surprising basically no one the Irving Police Chief admitted in an interview with Chris Hayes that the police knew it wasn't a real bomb from the start, but also that they wouldn't do anything differently next time.
“Once it’s determined that this is just a clock or just a piece of electronics, why then the arrest and all of that?” he asked Boyd. “That’s very hard for folks to understand.”
“I get that. I understand the concern,” the chief responded. “The officers pretty quickly determined that they weren’t investigating an explosive device. What their investigation centered around is the law violation of bringing a device into a facility like that that is intended to create a level of alarm. In other words, a hoax bomb — something that is not really a bomb, but is designed and presented in a way that it creates people to be afraid.”
“Right, but he never called it a bomb, right?” Hayes countered. “He just kept calling it a clock. I mean, it never came out of his lips, he never did something or started showing it around saying, ‘Look at this bomb I have.’ He said, ‘Look at my clock.'”
“There definitely was some confusion and some level of information that didn’t come out immediately,” Boyd said, adding that in many cases, someone who would make a “hoax bomb” would not be likely to admit to doing so to police.
“With what they had at that time, they made the best decision that they had at that point in time,” he told a visibly skeptical Hayes.
Seem to me all these guys need to be afraid is "MUSLIM KID ACK!"
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