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Overzealous policing of Black kids: DC teens handcuffed for selling bottled water. smh

Last Thursday, three black teens (two 17-year-olds and a 16-years-old) were detained for selling bottles of water at Washington D.C.’s National Mall without a permit. The young men were detained by plainclothes officers—captured in a photo by passerby Tim Krepp, a tour guide—for the “safety of the officers and of the individuals.”

Krepp’s documentation of the event spawned outrage from commentators, locals, and Krepp himself who said, “There's obviously a racial disparity in how they are treating these young men and other vendors that we see on the mall.”

Writing in a letter to Police Chief Rovery MacLean following the incident, D.C. Democratic Council member Charles Allen said, “While I understand the need to maintain consistency in permitted actions, I do not understand why the enforcement cannot take place with uniformed personnel and actions less severe than handcuffing individuals suspected of the sales. I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand on the same spot,”[…]“While still the same violation of selling a beverage without proper permits and licenses,"[…]"I doubt we would have seen little girls in pigtails handcuffed on the ground."

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Comment by Donnie Corbett on June 27, 2017 at 7:51am

This is what really piss me off these racists undercover police officers are always looking for any reasons to stop and handcuff black people period for any little reasons, but I'll bet the farm if these young men would have been white they wouldn't have been handcuff and treated like a criminal something never change white supremacy at it best.  

Comment by Cali Lili™ on June 26, 2017 at 10:57pm

Difficult to put  a "Like" on this ... I'm sharing it tho ... we need our democracy back ... soon !!!!!!!!!!! Hold Hands ...  "we shall overcome " 


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