Our local and state law enforcement agencies around the country are still racially profiling and discriminating against black males with the same 20th century mindset we thought we left behind. The injustice of our justice system did not end after the cvil-rights era. What is particularly outrageous is how individual stories like these are finally getting the media attention they deserve in 2013. What is horrifying to think about though are all the cases of this kind of behavior that go on every day that are not reported or brought to America's attention. Here are two recent examples:
Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years.He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.
Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.
Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing.
Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens.
But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/2...#storylink=cpy
The Miami Herald recently reported this outrageous story of racial profiling. I cannot even begin to feel the shame and anger if I went to work and was arrested for doing my job because police thought I was up to trouble because of the color of my skin. Read the article, and then watch the video clip. Can you imagine the store owner started installing cameras not to protect his store from robberies, but to protect his employees from the police? It's unbelievable that this is happening in the year 2013.
Even more infuriating is this story of a black teenager who was arrested and held in jail for 3 years of his life without being convicted of a crime in New York:
Words cannot express the injustice of what is happening here. It is truly sickening, by the fact that you can't walk home on a public street without being accused of theft by the police and arrested. Then to be held for years where the judge attempts to coerce you to accept a guilty plea for a crime you didn't do to "save you jail time."