stop and frisk arrests

The battle lines in America’s struggle against racism and white supremacy are become increasingly clear to a degree not seen since the 60s. With the balm of Barack Obama’s presence in the White House having so quickly evaporated, the contradictions of the post-civil rights era are once again laid bare. The codified obstacles to freedom and equality have been removed, but the legacy of those obstacles and the system that produced them remains. Black Americans are far more likely than white people to be stopped, frisked, arrested, jailed, shot and executed by the state, while the racial gaps in unemployment are the same as 40 years ago, the racial disparity in wealth and income is worse than 50 years ago. They have the right to eat in any restaurant they wish; the trouble is, many can’t afford what’s on the menu.

Season 3 has given us:
- Bill Hader as a psycho police Captain who is obsessed with nothing more than efficiency and has said the iconic words “SO I GUESS IT IS HOES BEFORE CHOES WITH YOU, FRIEND.”
- Jake and Amy had sex (multiple times) and we saw them right after one of those times.
- Andre Braugher saying “let’s blow some tiny minds” while wearing a pigeon head; saying “pAIIINNNNNN”, saying “O COURSE WE’RE LOOKING FOR AL YOU IMBECILE!!”
- “your butt looks great today” // “I’ve been doing lunges in the shower.”
- “I don’t care if I get demoted, I just….care about being with you.”
- Touched on police brutality in the NYPD by having a Latina detective and black gay captain discussing people’s complaints that they should “end stop and frisk; stop racial profiling; unlawful arrest is a crime”
- HOLT AND JAKE CALLED EACH OTHER PORTNERS.
- HOLT HAVING JAKE’s BACK AND THEN JAKE HAVING HOLT’s BACK
- ROSA CALLING AMY AN EVIL GENIUS
- THE ENTIRE EXISTENCE OF THE GEM THAT IS THE OOLONG SLAYER.
- Amy Santiago crowned the queen of the Nine-Nine after embarrassing the hell out of her super competitive captain/mentor and dumbass idiot boyfriend and calling them out on hurting her feelings and proving to e V E R y o N e that she is a force to be reckoned with
- rOSA AND HOLT CRYING TOGETHER AND THAT ENTIRE SCENE WHERE ROSA DESCRIBES WHY BREAKING UP WITH MARCUS HURT HER AND STEPHANIE AND ANDRE BEING ABSOLUTE WONDERS AT WHAT THEY DO.
- “my butt is so serious it should be wearing spectacles”
“I was scared that you were gonna realize that you’re way better than me. Like you’re orangina and I’m orange soda.”
“Amy Santiago, I wanna change mattresses for you. // that’s the best thing I ever heard”
Dad giving Jake advice for his relationship with his daughter-in-law.
Basically, The Mattress.
- NICK OFFERMAN AS HOLT’S EX BOYFRIEND DEAR GOD.
- “I’m so glad you’re Ava’s godfather.”
- Neil DeGrasse Tyson coming in to talk about astronomy I’m so.
- “YIPPIE KAYAK OTHER BUCKETS”
- “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE nnnnnNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!! OH MY GOD. ”
- the Jake and Amy Kiss from Heaven
- “IT WORKS!!!! THE FLAMETHROWER WORKS!!!!”


And that was just in TEN episodes oh my god thank you b99 writers for this quality as heck content

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2014 - Santiago Hernandez was waiting for a friend when two cops responding to a noise complaint asked to search him. He complied and they did not find anything. When he sat down and asked why he was searched one of the cops grabbed his arm and cuffed him. 

“I’m like, ‘Miss, what you doing? You’re hurting my arm,’” Hernandez told ABC-7. “She just was telling me to put my hands behind my back, I’m like, ‘I’m trying to understand what you’re arresting me for. Can you please tell me?’"

He refused to give his other arm because the cops wouldn’t tell him why they were arresting him, after which the cops called backup, who upon arriving took turns beating, kicking and pepper spraying Hernandez while arresting him.

“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes, he punch me and he steps back. And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes, pepper-sprayed me. They were taking turns on me like a gang,” Hernandez told ABC.

Court documents obtained by News12 show that Hernandez was charged with resisting arrest, and that officers say they found synthetic marijuana on him. However, Hernandez’s attorney Jay Heinrich told the station that the charges were later dropped. [video]

ACTION

#SelmaSoundOff is an action intended to engage audiences of “Selma” with the demands and beliefs of the #Ferguson/#BlackLivesMatter movement. 

#SelmaSoundOff is a three-part action-

1) Die-In: we ask that ALL die-ins happen outside of “Selma” showings. The intention is not to disrupt the movie itself. Die-ins can happen before and/or after showings. Please plan your action based on the showing times at the theatre of your choosing.

2) During your die-in (4.5 minutes): we ask that you read either the demands and beliefs from TheDemands.org or FergusonAction.com. These demands are below.

3) After your die-in: we ask that you distribute to as many as possible either the demands and beliefs from TheDemands.org or FergusonAction.com

This is a simple action, but if done around the country we believe we can have a great impact on the awareness and discussion that this audience has and the sharing of proper information about the direction, demands, and goals of this movement. 

-Charles Wade (@akacharleswade) / (@ophelporhush) operationhelporhush.org

FOR READING AND DISTRIBUTION AT YOUR #SELMASOUNDOFF ACTION:

Full Demands @ TheDemands.org

Michael Brown Jr. was murdered on August 9, 2014.

This movement began as a response to his murder, highlighting the systemic and structural racism that allowed impunity for Darren Wilson.

These are our beliefs and our demands.

DEMAND #1 – POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE DEATH OF MICHAEL BROWN, JR.

We believe that Michael Brown, Jr. was murdered and that the political structures and representatives in Missouri must be held accountable for their responses, or lack thereof, to his murder.

DEMAND #2 – SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR ALL DEADLY FORCE CASES

We believe that a special prosecutor must be appointed in every incident that involves an officer’s use of deadly force.

DEMAND #3 – POLICE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR USE OF DEADLY FORCE

We believe that officers should be accountable for the use of deadly force in every encounter.

DEMAND #4 – END OVERPOLICING AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF POVERTY

We believe that Missouri has a history and current practice of using fines and fees in structurally and systemically racist ways that disproportionately impact the poor and pushes people further into poverty.

DEMAND #5 – REPRESENTATIVE POLICE FORCE AND INTENTIONAL OFFICER TRAINING

We believe that a police force should be representative of those citizens that it is designed to service and protect. We also believe that police officers should be adequately and intentionally trained to perform his/her duties.

DEMAND #6 – END FUNDING FOR DISCRIMINATORY POLICE FORCES

We believe that any police department that engages in racially discriminatory profiling should not receive state or federal funding until corrective actions supported by the United States Department of Justice are implemented.

DEMAND #7 – TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION ON STRUCTURAL AND SYSTEMIC INEQUALITIES IN MISSOURI

We believe that an independent commission is necessary to be appointed in consultation with the United States Department of Justice to study and make recommendations related to remedies of civil rights violations in Missouri.

DEMAND #8 – THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

We believe in the right to protest and the government’s responsibility to honor and protect this right.

DEMAND #9 – PASS THE NATIONAL “END RACIAL PROFILING” LEGISLATION

We believe that the United States Congress must pass the “End Racial Profiling” legislation (H. 2851, S. 1038) introduced by Congressman John Conyers.

Full Demands @ FergusonAction.com

OUR VISION FOR A NEW AMERICA

WE WANT JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN. WE WANT FREEDOM FOR OUR COMMUNITIES

We Want an End to all Forms of Discrimination and the Full Recognition of our Human Rights

We Want An Immediate End To Police Brutality And the Murder Of Black, Brown & All Oppressed People

We Want Full Employment For Our People

We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings

We Want an End to the School to Prison Pipeline & Quality Education for All

We Want Freedom from Mass Incarceration and an End to the Prison Industrial Complex

-NATIONAL DEMANDS

1)The De-militarization of Local Law Enforcement across the country

2) A Comprehensive Review of systemic abuses by local police departments, including the publication of data relating to racially biased policing, and the development of best practices.

3) Repurposing of law enforcement funds to support community based alternatives to incarceration and the conditioning of DOJ funding on the ending of discriminatory policing and the adoption of DOJ best practices.

4) A Congressional Hearing investigating the criminalization of communities of color, racial profiling, police abuses and torture by law enforcement

5) Support the Passage of the End Racial Profiling Act

6) The Obama Administration develops, legislates and enacts a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice

me: black lives matter

someone: don’t you mean ALL lives matter?

me: black people arrested for pot should be released from prison 

someone: don’t you mean ALL people who were arrested?

me: NO. I meant BLACK people. You know –the very same black people who are ~*always*~ relentlessly and disproportionately targeted in America for stop-and-frisks, drug arrests, extrajudicial murders, etc

I’ve already addressed it here, but please don’t try to pull that basic ass “ALL people” crap on me when you aren’t the one living under constant threat of becoming this week’s random hashtag or if you didn’t give a shit about the welfare of black people to begin with. Me speaking up for other black people isn’t going to cause any other groups to lose something. Trust me. Social justice is not a zero sum game

Stop tone policing. Take that garbage over to the “Not all men, Not all cops, Not all straight people, and Not all white people” trash heap 

I want to be clear. This is not just anecdotes. This is not just barber shop talk. A growing body of research shows that people of color are more likely to be stopped, frisked, questioned, charged, detained.  African Americans are more likely to be arrested, they are more likely to be sentenced to more time for the same crime. And one of the consequences of this is, around 1 million fathers are behind bars. Around 1 in 9 African American kids has a parent in prison.
—  President Obama, speaking at the NAACP’s 106th National Convention
Ferguson October

I wanted to write this post to clear up any miscommunication that may be happening around the past weekend. For those of you who haven’t been following me closely on social media, last weekend I went to Ferguson, Missouri for the weekend of events called Ferguson October. This was a weekend of events such as protests, forums, acts of civil disobedience, marches, and many other events. This ‘Weekend of Resistance’ was put together by many different organizations like The Organization for Black Struggle, Hands Up United, Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment and Color of Change to protest the death of Michael Brown. For those of you who don’t know, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson despite being unarmed and having his hands up. There are many different accounts of what happened that day and none of us can truly know what happened. After Mike Brown was murdered, Darren Wilson went on paid leave and has yet to be charged (he is still currently on paid leave). 

Now I’m not here to convince you that Darren Wilson committed murder that night. But I am here to tell you that police brutality is all too common these days and it is unacceptable. Police brutality can take many different forms like excessive force, false arrest or imprisonment, unreasonable search (think Stop and Frisk laws), racial profiling, sexual assault, etc. The statistics on how often black people are killed by police is disgusting. Some studies (Operation Ghetto Storm) suggest that every 28 hours a black man, woman, or child is killed by someone who is employed and protected by the US government (mainly police officers). The pattern of police killings of black people is appalling. But beyond the black community, police brutality affects everyone. Police brutality is an American issue. I had white friends who stood in solidarity with me over the weekend who were beat by policemen and treated like scum while we were in jail. The reality of the black community is that we have no one to call when we are victimized and abused by police officers. The police have no accountability system and they are essentially above the law. This isn’t just an issue for the black community to focus on, we need everyone. The beauty of the Ferguson October movement was that it was such a diverse group of people seeking a common goal: justice. Young, old, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, clergy, LGBT, Palestinian, black, white, yellow, whatever. We were all there together fighting for justice. 

As for my arrest, I went to jail for unlawful assembly. Essentially, 18 other protestors and myself were arrested for an act of civil disobedience. We performed a sit in at a QuikTrip by sitting on the ground in front of the gas station and locking arms, refusing to move. We were ruthlessly beat by a riot team. We were maced, hit with batons, tear gassed, and painfully forced into zip ties. Jail wasn’t particularly pleasant considering the contempt that the police officers showed towards us but it was worth it in the end. We found civil disobedience to be particularly effective because:

  1. Our protests were peaceful.
  2. The act of civil disobedience garnered public attention.
  3. Mass media, live streamers, and any random person with a camera captured pictures and videos of police brutality. 
  4. We showed the police officers, media, and those around us that we were willing to be jailed to stand up for what we believe in. 

Jail is a whole other conversation that I’m not wanting to post online but if you want to hear more about my experience in jail come talk to me. Like I said, I was arrested with 18 other people and we are known as the QuikTrip 19. If you want to look up more about us search #QT19 on Twitter. The exciting thing about the QuikTrip 19 is that the average age of those arrested was 23. We recognize that we have influence and that we can use that to effect change; our age will not hinder our mission. The sad thing is that St. Louis County has continually been posting high, cash only bails for protestors which are almost impossible to pay. Posting high cash bonds effectively says that the government wants to silence us and won’t allow us to have a voice. 

If I’m being honest, coming back to school has been very difficult for me. This was one of the most impactful weekends of my entire life and I’m struggling to step back into everyday life. I’m earnestly searching for ways that I can stand up against police brutality against the black community (and other communities as well) back in Minneapolis. I have connections after this weekend and am hoping to wake people up to realize that police brutality is real. Another struggle for me is the fact that many Bethel students are clueless to the reality of police brutality or they simply are apathetic about it. Many people haven’t experienced police brutality but I’m here to tell you that it is very real. Hear my stories.

In conclusion, I want this post to create room for conversation around race but I also want people to wake up to the realities of police brutality towards black people (and all people). People are making history and advocating for change, don’t get left behind. Being apathetic towards a situation only perpetuates the injustices that are already happening:

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I’d love to hear your opinions on race, privilege, and police brutality. Even if you want to disagree with me that’s fine, I want to hear all opinions. All viewpoints are valuable. So much more has happened this past weekend that this post hasn’t even touched on so come talk to me. 

Justin