Popular YouTube Star Adam Saleh Kicked Off Delta Flight For Speaking Arabic

If you were logged in to social media today, you likely saw that Delta Airlines and Adam Saleh were trending all day and continue to trend into the evening hours. It all started when popular YouTuber star Adam Saleh and a friend were on a Delta flight that was set to takeoff, when Saleh said that he was speaking to his mother in Arabic ( as he always does before taking off) when some passengers began to be rude and told him to stop. What happened after that has been debated back and forth all day long, as some think that Saleh was pulling another prank, which is the basis for his hit YouTube channel.

In Adam Saleh’s account of what transpired on his Delta airlines flight on Wednesday, he says “I speak to my mom on the phone every flight, she only speaks Arabic.” He detailed further that a female passenger sitting in front of him heard he speaking in Arabic and angrily told him that he should be speaking English instead. Saleh responded by telling the woman he could speak any language he wanted and that’s when her husband interfered and started screaming obscenities at him.

CBS News reports that around 20 passengers, also on the Delta flight, said that Adam Saleh and his friend made them feel uncomfortable, which then prompted the flight captain to get involved. CBS details “The pair were approached by the captain, who Saleh said “seemed ashamed and embarrassed” when he asked them to leave the plane because of the other passengers’ complaints.”

Delta Airlines released a lengthy statement addressing the incident involving Saleh:

“Maintaining a safe, comfortable and orderly onboard environment is paramount for every flight and requires the cooperation of all of our customers in conjunction with adherence to directions from our crew members. This is a Delta policy and is required by U.S. regulations as well as others governing aviation worldwide.

“Two customers were removed from Delta flight 1 departing London-Heathrow today after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.

“We have spoken with the customers who were removed; they were rebooked on another flight. Plans are in place to immediately speak with our crew and other passengers when the flight lands this afternoon. We will provide an update once we have more information.”

Salah and his friend were put on another flight, but not before he stated on Twitter that they were searched twice before boarding the new flight for a total of 30 minutes each time.

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Taking A Stand: Delaware Man Confronts Police Questioning Young Boys

The racial profiling epidemic is at an all-time high, and doesn’t seem to be getting better anytime soon.

But one Delaware man got fed up watching a police officer question a group of young boys on their bikes. Damieon Flowers approached the White cops while streaming on Facebook Live. The two officers claimed they were investigating a serious incident in the neighborhood.

Flowers’ video got over 2.5 million views, as he asked cops, “What, he got five felonies?” while they questioned a pre-teen. Flowers advised the juveniles not to talk to the officers: “Y’all didn’t do nothing. Don’t say nothing. You don’t gotta say nothing ’til your mom comes.” Flowers told the cops, “Let ’em go, they ain’t did nothing, they’re babies.”

Flowers turned the camera on himself at the end of the video to vent about the incident. “I about hit that motherf*cker man,” he exclaimed. “I got so much shit inside of me man, I was bout to hit that motherf*cker. Leave them kids alone man, f*ck with me.”

Daria Alexander, the mother of one of the boys, posted a comment thanking Flowers, “Thanks SO much one of the kids was MY son..and I’m on it.. Thanks a million.. it’s not ok .. I told my son you absolutely did nothing wrong..if riding your bike is wrong then damn.”

It’s lucky the incident didn’t escalate into something more dangerous, but amazing Flowers took a stand. Watch the video above; what do you think?


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New Jersey Police Chief Investigated For Email Allegedly Defending Racial Profiling

A New Jersey police chief who allegedly wrote an email defending racial profiling of “suspicious Black people in White neighborhoods,” has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the correspondence.

Wyckoff Police Department Chief Benjamin Fox requested the leave during a township meeting Tuesday, ABC News reports. The December 2014 email, sent to dozens of recipients, identified the sender as “CHF BENJAMIN C FOX.” It was sent just a few short months after Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by a White police officer — an incident that set off a wave of protests across the nation to denounce racially biased policing.

Via ABC News:

“Profiling, racial or otherwise, has it’s [sic] place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly,” the email reads.

The email suggests that black gang members from the nearby township of Teaneck rob white neighborhoods in Wyckoff, and white kids buy heroin from black neighborhoods in New York City.

“That’s why we check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods,” the sender wrote. “That’s why the NYPD stops those white kids.”

“I think that most police officers are finding the national rhetoric about police abuse and racial profiling quite upsetting,” the first line in the email reads.

The sender references recent occurrences of police-involved shootings in the email, saying “resisting arrest” was a “common thread” in each incident. “That resistance then creates your counter reaction,” the email states. “We don’t run from fights.”

The email, made public by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, has prompted calls for Fox’s resignation if the investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor proves he was the author of the email.

“Racial profiling has no place in New Jersey, and if Chief Fox sent the email in question, then he must be held accountable,” ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer said. “But removing one chief will not ensure accountability over police departments. This is a wake-up call for New Jersey to implement stronger oversight and transparency in policing practices across the state.”

In a joint statement with the Bergen County Prosecutor, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy said Tuesday the email appears to be a violation of the AG’s policy that strictly prohibits racial profiling.

An investigation continues. You can read the email in its entirety, here.



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NY Jets Antonio Cromartie’s Wife Terricka Accuses New Jersey Cops Of Racial Profiling


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Terricka Cromartie, the wife of Antonio Cromartie who is the star cornerback of the New York Jets, claims that New Jersey Cops racially profiled her, according to the NY Daily News.

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Terricka took to Instagram to air her grievances, insisting that her Friday morning traffic stop was made because she was black. The videos have since been removed but nj.com took a snapshot of one of the Instagram posts where she took a snap of the officer with the following caption:

“When you get pulled over for driving Black in Madison. Why are you in Madison??? What did I do officer? Roll your windows Down..SmDH. FYI I was pulled for no reason, just to ask me to roll my windows, and why am I in Madison. Like how you don’t know I live here. What am I doing in Madison is freaking 11:30 a.m.”

According to the report from the Daily News, an NJ spokesperson said that the incident will be looked into but did not provide any other details.


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Stopped, Frisked, And Not Arrested? You May Soon Be Able To Collect ‘Receipts’ From The NYPD

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For many of us, “receipts” is part of our cultural slang, and something that we are usually asking for in shady situations where we don’t believe all we’re being told. Now, it seems as if victims of stop and frisk who do not get arrested, might be in fact collecting receipts from the NYPD, according to the New York Daily News.

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The recommendation was put forth by Peter Zimroth, who is the court-appointed monitor put in place to evaluate and reform the state’s stop and frisk policies. Zimroth reportedly made the recommendation to a Manhattan Federal Court Judge, in a report that was filed yesterday morning.

Zimroth said police officers have requested more detailed instructions with regard to what is expected of them, and they want more guidance on the policy in general. Zimroth’s proposal deems that officer’s must have a credible reason to search, and must go beyond the “whim.” While it does not mean that police officers can only encounter civilians under suspicion of criminal activity or potential criminal activity, it does make it clear that the reasons for stop must go beyond mere ‘instinct.”

The recommendation also makes it clear that stops may not be motivated by race, and only when it is part of a credible suspect’s description. This is to alleviate the racial nature of stop and frisks that largely target Black and Brown men. If the recommendation is accepted, it will go into effect as soon as September 21.

Read more about it at The New York Daily News.


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Snoop Dogg Arrested In Sweden [VIDEO+TWEETS]

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Snoop Dogg is calling it a case of driving while Black, but police in Uppsala, Sweden are calling it a case of driving while under the influence. Whatever the case, the Doggfather found himself allegedly being snatched out of his car Saturday night and arrested.

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The famed rapper was allegedly taken to the jail and forced “to pee in a cup.” He said the results came back clean, but a spokesperson said the results won’t be back for another two weeks.

The incident occurred after Snoop performed at a concert in Uppsala.

Though he is sticking to his charge that he was racially profiled, a police spokesman dismissed him, saying, “We don’t work like that in Sweden.”

One thing is clear, Snoop says he will never return to Sweden.

“Sorry about that, all the fans in Sweden, I’ll never be back to this country. Y’all can thank y’all police chief and all the people that run y’all police department.

Snoop tweeted about the incident [WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE]:

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Racial Profiling At The Drug Store? Ex-CVS Employees Sue For Just That

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It happens at high end retailers like Barney’s, mid-level ones, like Macy’s, and sundry boutiques. That is clear. But having people lurk behind you when you’re on a tampons and cookie dough ice cream run? Come on, son!

And yet, four former CVS store detectives in NYC blew the whistle like Too Short, and filed a class-action lawsuit against the drugstore chain on Wednesday, accusing their bosses of ordering them to target black and Hispanic shoppers, reports the New York Times.

Adding insult to injury, the lawsuit claims that after said employees (who are all Black or Hispanic), complained about the discrimination, they were fired.

The NYTimes reports:

The suit says that one of the supervisors, Anthony Salvatore, routinely told subordinates that “black people always are the ones that are the thieves,” and that “lots of Hispanic people steal.” The second supervisor, Abdul Selene, frequently advised detectives, known at CVS as market investigators, to “watch the black and Hispanic people to catch more cases,” the suit said.

The supervisors also subjected the plaintiffs to discriminatory treatment, the suit said. When one plaintiff, Kerth Pollack, got into an argument with a store manager, Mr. Salvatore phoned him and demanded that he “get his black ass back to the store and apologize,” the suit said. A different store manager once instructed another plaintiff, Delbert Sorhaindo, to “hide like a monkey” to avoid being detected by potential shoplifters, the suit said.

After complaining to their superiors about these incidents and others, Kerth Pollack, 41; Delbert Sorhaindo, 26; Lacole Simpson, 32; and Sheree Steele, 46, say they were retaliated agasinst with “increased scrutiny, micromanagement and fabricated performance criticism.” Eventually, all four were fired.

“While there have been many high-profile shop-and-frisk cases filed by customers of large retailers in recent years,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs, “this is the first time a group of employees has banded together to provide an inside account and expose the blatant racial profiling policy at one of the largest retailers in the world.”

CVS, of course, said it was “shocked” by the allegations through a spokesperson: “We serve all communities and we do not tolerate any policy or practice that discriminates against any group.”

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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Racial Profiling Claims


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Taraji P. Henson has apologized to a California police department for claims she made an officer racially profiled her son. The Empire scene stealer made headlines over an interview she gave to Uptown magazine last month. Taraji revealed she decided to send her son Marcel Johnson, 20, to her alma mater, Howard University instead of the University of Southern California (USC) after she alleged her son was targeted by a police officer for being black.

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Taraji stated:

My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for. Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.

The Los Angeles Times obtained footage of the Oct. 18 incident from the Gendale Police Department, where it revealed Johnson drove through a crosswalk while a pedestrian passed. The officer pulled Johnson over, and explained he was stopped for running a red light. The officer also asked Johnson if he had any illegal substances on him, where he admitted he had marijuana on him, but didn’t have his medical prescription with him. The officer cited Johnson for not having a valid prescription but bypassed, giving him a citation for the traffic violation. Watch the video below.

Taraji apologized to the officer and the police department on Instagram, and admitted she overreacted before she got all the information. Taraji remarked in the caption:

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Report: Black Crime Disproportionately Reported On NYC Television News

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Black suspects continue to be overrepresented in crime newscasts in New York City on WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW, according to a report released Monday by media watchdog group Media Matters.

Last year, between August 18 and December 31, late-night weekly news covered murder, theft, and assault cases in which African-Americans were suspects at a much higher rate than the rate at which African-Americans have historically been arrested for those crimes in New York City, the report says.

From Media Matters:

According to averages of arrest statistics from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for the past four years, African-American suspects were arrested in 54 percent of murders, 55 percent of thefts, and 49 percent of assaults.

However, between August 18 and December 31, 2014, the suspects in the four stations’ coverage of murders were 74 percent African-American, the suspects in coverage of thefts were 84 percent African-American, and suspects in assaults were 73 percent African-American [.]

A civil rights leader and vice president at Media Matters both tell Capital New York that the impact of the broadcasts can have devastating effects on the Black community, not to mention exacerbating historically strained relationships between African-Americans and police officers.

Reports Capital New York:

“The result of disproportionately showing African-Americans committing crimes on TV screens is creating the false impression of who is committing crime,” Zac Petkanas, vice president of communications for Media Matters, said in an interview. “I think one is safe in saying it is not a good thing for one to be over-represented in [the category of] committing more crimes than other races.”

Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, a civil right organization that analyzed the data compiled by Media Matters, said, the report revealed another problem with local television networks: “It’s not just that they’re over-reporting black crime — they’re underreporting white crime, they’re systematically under-reporting white crime.”

Our take: No wonder people like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani feel free to go around equating African-American men with “the large incidence of crime.” The stations need to change their reporting methods, especially since they are “systematically underreporting White crime,” as pointed out by Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.

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Three Black Women To Sue NYPD For Racial Profiling After Being Falsely Arrested For Stealing Credit Card


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Three African American women are taking legal action against the NYPD for falsely accusing them of stealing a credit card and placing them in jail.

In an interview with the NY Daily NewsKimmell McIntosh and her cousins Melanie and Maxine Henry were enjoying a girls day at a Massage Envy in Brooklyn when they were falsely accused of using a stolen credit card. An employee accidentally mixed up McIntosh’s card with another customer’s since the last four digits of the cards were familiar.

Police were called and entered a private room where the ladies were resting. After interrogating the women for 10 minutes, they were detained at the 84th Precinct station house where they were locked up for three hours.

Melanie Henry was not taken into custody.

“They also said they were going to bring in the woman who owned the card,” said McIntosh’s cousin, Melanie Henry, 33. “We thought it was a prank,” said McIntosh, a city Education Department staffer. “We were waiting for the cameras and Ashton Kutcher.”

After searching the women, it was determined no crime was committed and they were released. The women believe they were accused of the crime because of the color of their skin. The three are seeking $1 million in damages.

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Why Are White People Still Childishly Confident About The Police?


Despite two recent decisions by grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island not to indict White police officers in the killings of two unarmed Black men and the international protests those decisions sparked, a new NBC News/Marist poll finds that whites are very confident in law enforcement’s ability to police Black and whites equally.

In the poll, 52 percent of whites claimed to have a “great deal” of confidence that police officers in their community treat Blacks and whites the same. As Scott Clement noted over at the Washington Post, this is “11 points higher than in a September NBC/Wall Street Journal poll asking the same question.” It is a different firm conducting the poll, but the results are no less concerning.

Naturally, the NBC News/Marist poll highlighted sharp racial divides:

The poll showed other evidence of a sharp racial split. Eighty-two percent of blacks agree that law enforcement applies different standards to whites and blacks. Eighty percent strongly agree. Only 39% of whites agree with that, while 51% disagree.

It’s a similar story on the issue of excessive force. Seventy-nine percent of whites say they have “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of confidence that police won’t use excessive force. But 52% of blacks have “just some” or “very little” confidence that they won’t.

The poll was conducted Dec. 4-5— the two days that followed news of the decision by the Staten Island grand jury not to indict Eric Garner’s killer, Daniel Pantaleo.

We are in the midst of a rising count of Black deaths at the hands of white police officers and the end result is a vote of confidence in local police? This suggests racism at worse or a naiveté at minimum. Neither is excusable and both are disturbing when it comes to getting the country to see just how terrorized Black people feel by law enforcement.

Just this week the New York Times reported on Brooklyn police officers allegedly planting guns on Black suspects.

One the victims of this, Jeffrey Herring, was quoted saying:

Mr. Herring, who has been out of jail on $3,500 bail that his sister posted, said the arrest left him feeling humiliated.

“I don’t know why I’m in this situation. I thought maybe when I cleaned up my life, I’d never be back,” he said. “Why do these people want to prosecute me and have me convicted of this crime that I didn’t do? I just don’t understand it.”

This coincides with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof explaining on a recent episode of The Daily Show, “The United States right now incarcerates more African-Americans as a percentage than apartheid South Africa did.”

And while we know the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, there are other Black men have died just like them. Last month, the Utah County Attorney’s Office released the surveillance video connected to the fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt, who was in costume and holding a decorative Samurai sword. Utah police shot him six times in the back.

HPD Officer Juventino Castro reappeared before a grand jury on Tuesday in relation to the shooting death of another unarmed Black man, Jordan Baker. Baker was shot and killed by Castro at a northwest Houston strip center where a string of robberies had been reported. The suspect’s description included a black hoodie, such as the one Baker was wearing. Castro was off-duty and working as a security guard when he killed Baker.

I only have one question to the white people who now have a record high level of confidence in local police departments: What planet do you live on?

Is this rooted in the belief that racism exists in Cleveland, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles, but not your community? If so, you are choosing to remain willfully ignorant. This is a nationwide problem and there are Black people in every part of this country that can attest to that.

No matter what you cite as the basis of your confidence in local police to treat Blacks and whites fairly, the fact remains: you are wrong.

Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem, and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him @youngsinick.

Eric Holder Curbs Racial Profiling By Federal Agents


The federal government is taking broad new steps to ban profiling by law enforcement agencies, bolstering a 2003 policy that previously only addressed the consideration of race and ethnicity in conducting federal investigations, according to a statement released Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured).


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The new policy bans federal law enforcement officers from using race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity to any degree, unless listed characteristics apply to a suspect description, the statement says.

“As attorney general, I have repeatedly made clear that profiling by law enforcement is not only wrong, it is profoundly misguided and ineffective,” Holder states. “Particularly in light of certain recent incidents we’ve seen at the local level, and the widespread concerns about trust in the criminal justice process, it’s imperative that we take every possible action to institute strong and sound policing practices.”

But the policies do not extend to state and local governments, where racial profiling runs deep and wide and is presently under intense global scrutiny. The spotlight comes in the aftermath of high-profile police-involved deaths of unarmed Black men and children, including Eric Garner in New York City, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio. The hope is that the measure will serve as a road map for state and local governments.

“With this new guidance, we take a major and important step forward to ensure effective policing by federal law enforcement officials and state and local law enforcement participating in federal task forces throughout the nation,” Holder says in the statement. “This guidance codifies important new protections for those who come into contact with federal law enforcement agents. And it brings enhanced training, oversight, and accountability to federal law enforcement across the country, so that isolated acts of discrimination do not tarnish the exemplary work that’s performed by the overwhelming majority of America’s hard-working law enforcement officials each and every day.”

Federal officers may consider race, ethnicity and other characteristics based only on trustworthy information, relevant to the locality or timeframe, that links individuals with a listed characteristic to a particular criminal incident, criminal scheme, organization, a threat to national or homeland security, a violation of federal immigration law or an authorized intelligence activity, the statement says.

Police Accuse Black Teen Of Burglarizing His Own Home & Then Pepper-Sprayed Him

North Carolina high school student DeShawn Currie was accused of burglarizing his own home and pepper-sprayed. Apparently a neighbor mistook Currie for an intruder and called the police to the England Avenue home in Fuquay-Varina. Currie says, “They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door.  was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?’” DeShawn has been a foster child of Ricky and Stacy Tyler for about a year and they moved with Currie and their three biological kids to Fuquay-Varina in July. Currie is Black. His foster family is White. See the issue here?

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Stacy left the side door of their home unlocked for DeShawn as he was coming home early from school that day. Once the neighbor saw him walk in, they called the police to report a break-in because it was the neighborly thing to do. Maybe if those overprotective neighbors would have introduced themselves to the Tyler family, they would have been aware that DeShawn was indeed part of the family.

“He’s my baby boy just as much as my other three children are,” Stacy told ABC News 11. It was obvious that the neighbor and the police had no clue that Currie was a part of this family because of the obvious.

DeShawn says the police pointed out the pictures in his home that showed his three smiling siblings and claimed he couldn’t possibly live there. And when DeShawn tried to verbally defend himself, the officers pepper-sprayed him in the face. Stacy returned home to the chaos and saw her son being treated for the pepper-spray in her driveway and was able to clear up the misunderstanding the the police.

“Everything that we’ve worked so hard for in the past years was stripped away yesterday in just a matter of moments,” said Ricky Tyler. And one could only imagine how much Ricky and his wife had to tell DeShawn in order to help him cope in a new and very different living situation.

“I’m feeling comfortable,” explained DeShawn. “I had moved into my room, and I’m feeling like I’m loved. And then when they come in and they just profile me and say that I’m not who I am. And that I do not stay here because there was White kids on the wall, that really made me mad.”

Yes, anyone would get mad when they’re being accused of breaking into their own home. But of course the police are telling a different story. They’re calling DeShawn “threatening and belligerent,” which is how the officers justified pepper-spraying him.

DeShawn did nothing wrong and somehow he’s still “threatening and belligerent.” At least they didn’t shoot him. SMH.

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NYPD Witnessed Telling Black Kids To Leave White Neighborhood

NYPD cars outside the apartmentSara Bennett, who lives in the predominantly White neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York’s Park Slope area, reportedly witnessed a New York City policeman yell over the loudspeaker of his cruiser to a group of strolling Black youths, “Get out of the neighborhood!” states DNA Info New York.

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According to Bennett, the alleged incident occurred on the afternoon of September 22 at about 2:45 p.m., which is typically school dismissal time. Bennett reported what she had witnessed at a 78th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday night, telling forum attendees that there were about six or so young male teens who were trailed by a cruiser with a flashing dome light but sans a siren.

Suddenly and without provocation, the teens — who were not involved in any kind of mischief — were ordered by the officers to remove themselves from the area. Bennett, who was apparently taken aback by the unprovoked form of harassment said, “I was really really upset and disturbed, not by the kids, but by the way the police were yelling at them to get out of the neighborhood,” she expressed at the meeting.

The precinct’s commanding officer Capt. Frank DiGiacomo told attendees how the incident was not brought to his attention. Seemingly defending his officer’s actions, DiGiacomo explained that officers often attempt to move large groups of strolling youth due to the history of disturbances at a nearby mall caused by such groupings.

“We’ve had large fights…and things stemming over to Barclays Center and things stemming over to robberies and assaults,” DiGiacomo said. “When one or two are hanging out, it’s never a problem, but when we have large groups of kids together and we don’t ask them to move or go somewhere else, they become a larger group, and that’s when we get assaults.”

After listening to DiGiacomo’s response, Bennett, who is a former criminal defense lawyer, pointed out that the mall is not close to where the incident she witnessed took place.  As a matter of fact, Bennett stated that the mall in question is at least a mile away from her neighborhood.

DiGiacomo reportedly responded to Bennett with the following excuse, “Most of the crimes that happen in our command are from outside people committing the crimes.” He added, “if [teens] are not playing basketball, you’re not playing soccer, you’re not doing something productive in the neighborhood, I can see [officers] moving them.”

So walking while young and Black in predominantly White areas is still a crime.

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These 20 US States Don’t Ban Racial Profiling


Do you live in one of the states without racial profiling laws? A new report from the NAACP finds out that 20 states don’t have laws explicitly banning racial profiling. Even more, the NAACP reports that  of the 30 states with laws on the books, 17 criminalize racial profiling and just three states –Kansas, Tennessee and Rhode Island — allow for court orders that forbid police departments from profiling.

Here is an excerpt from the report: 

Currently, 30 states in the country have one or more anti-racial profiling law on the books. However, not one adequately meets all the provisions required for an effective law, making them inadequate tools to significantly curb the practice of racial profiling. Most state laws do not include a definition of profiling that is inclusive of all significantly impacted groups. They also tend to lack a ban on pretextual stops of pedestrians and motorists — where officers use minor violations such as not using a seat belt or jay walking as a pretext to search for illegal contraband. In addition, most state laws do not include a provision allowing individuals to seek court orders to stop police departments from engaging in racial profiling or obtain remedies for violations.

State laws tend to vary widely, from that of Connecticut and Rhode Island, which are amongst the most comprehensive — yet Connecticut lacks a specific private right of action and Rhode Island lacks a good enforceable definition — to that of Kentucky, which basically lacks all of the necessary components for a good law. Consider some of the following facts about the current status of state anti-profiling laws:

• 20 states do not explicitly prohibit racial profiling

• 17 states ban the use of pretextual traffic stops

• 17 states criminalize violations of their anti-profiling laws

• 3 states allow individuals to seek injunctive relief to stop police departments from racial profiling

• 17 states require mandatory data collection for all stops and searches; 15 require analysis and publication of racial profiling data

• 17 states require the creation of commissions to review and respond to complaints of racial profiling

It is important to note that separate from the state laws, many localities have passed anti-racial profiling measures to end the practice in their jurisdiction. Local efforts are crucial and often help bolster reform efforts on the state level. The states are called to adopt rigorous anti-racial profiling regulations and programs. These would consist of provisions for gathering information and monitoring what police departments are doing, more funding for police officers to get trained on profiling, and more sanctions and remedies for when violations take place. In the meantime, “No states meet all of the NAACP criteria of an effective racial profiling law.”

Civil Rights Groups Release Joint “Unity” Statement On Ferguson And “Police Abuse” [VIDEO]

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Thirteen organizations — which include the ACLU, NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Action Network, and Rainbow Push Coalition — sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding  a “comprehensive federal review” of excessive use of force and racial profiling by police across the country.

“As we all mourn the loss of Michael Brown and remain steadfast in our unyielding support for his mother and father who have suffered a loss no parent should endure, we also continue to call upon the community at large to make sure that this tragedy results in future systemic change to prevent similar tragic shootings and the use of excessive force.”

Read the full statement below.

One of the group’s recommendations called for an independent and comprehensive federal investigation by the Department of Justice of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.”

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A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse 

As national civil and human rights organizations and leaders committed to the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans, we come together as a unified collective to urgently impress upon elected officials, law enforcement, the legal profession, businesses and all those in this nation interested in social justice, that we must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain. As organizational leaders we represent millions across this country who are, as the old saying goes – “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

As we all mourn the loss of Michael Brown and remain steadfast in our unyielding support for his mother and father who have suffered a loss no parent should endure, we also continue to call upon the community at large to make sure that this tragedy results in future systemic change to prevent similar tragic shootings and the use of excessive force. We commend the actions of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and other elected officials for their strong stance against the senseless use of deadly force and the militarization of law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri. We are now extremely concerned with the increasingly unstable situation in Ferguson and encourage more respectful responses from elected officials, along with a permanent restructuring of law enforcement so that it is more reflective of the racial and gender diversity and the overall needs of the community.

Beyond Ferguson, we must similarly demand mutual respect from law enforcement and elected officials toward other affected communities where lives have been tragically lost and endangered.

As we call for immediate and short term remedies to address the challenges in Ferguson, we know that more must be done to prevent future abuses across the nation. Nothing will be resolved until there is systemic change throughout this nation in the implicit and explicit bias against people of color and particularly African American youth who are routinely targeted by law enforcement even within their own communities.

Furthermore, it has not gone unnoticed that the images of militarized law enforcement personnel surrounding peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson are eerily similar to those we equate with the inhumane and racist tactics used against protestors during the Civil Rights movement in the 50’s and 60’s. This sight reminds us that despite the tremendous progress this nation has made in many areas, including the election of the first African American President, we are not and will never realize a post-racial society until we honestly acknowledge, confront and address the systemic structures that maintain the old vestiges of racial segregation and de-humanization in this country, particularly in law enforcement.

With so much to be done, we cannot begin to provide an all-inclusive list, but in an effort to outline a beginning strategy of reform, we are recommending the following:

  • An independent and comprehensive federal investigation by the Department of Justice of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri,
  • A comprehensive federal review and reporting of all police killings, accompanied by immediate action to address the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers in jurisdictions throughout this country against unarmed people of color,
  • A comprehensive federal review and reporting of excessive use of force generally against youth and people of color and the development of national use of force standards,
  • A comprehensive federal review and reporting of racially disproportionate policing, examining rates of stops, frisks, searches, and arrests by race, including a federal review of police departments’ data collection practices and capabilities,
  • A comprehensive federal review and reporting of police departments’ racial profiling and racially bias practices, as well as any related policies and trainings,
  • A final update and release of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) June 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (hereinafter “Guidance”), with substantive reforms including updates that would 1) make the Guidance enforceable 2) apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding; 3) close the loopholes for the border and national security; 4) cover surveillance activities; 5) prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation,
  • Required racial bias training and guidance against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants,
  • The required use of police officer Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) to record every police-civilian encounter in accordance with and policy requiring civilian notification and applicable laws, including during SWAT deployments, along with rigorous standards regarding the retention, use, access, and disclosure of data captured by such systems,
  • The universal use of dash cameras in police vehicles,
  • Concrete steps to ensure that federal military weapons do not end up in the hands of local law enforcement and, if they do, to prevent the misuse of those weapons in communities of color,
  • On the ground community training to educate residents of their rights when dealing with law enforcement,
  • The elimination of the “broken windows” policing policy initiated in the 1980’s which encourages overly aggressive police encounters for minor offenses and the promotion of community-based policing,
  • Greater and more effective community oversight over the local law enforcement and policing tactics, and
  • The establishment of a law enforcement commission to review policing tactics that would include in its composition leaders/experts from civil rights advocacy groups who represent the most impacted communities.

Even as we provide this initial outline in an effort to bring together our respective communities and work toward immediate and long-term change, we know in order to truly be effective, we must ensure that our elected officials are responsive to our demands. If they are not, we must exercise our political power and elect officials that will be arbiters of social justice and change and not barriers to this process. The vote is a precious tool that we ignore at our own peril. On the heels of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – we must demand action with our vote and we call upon every person to take responsibility in their respective communities to exercise their fundamental right as a citizen in the upcoming elections in

November – and EVERY election so that those in power truly represent and reflect the communities they were elected to serve.

African Americans, like so many in this country, have suffered, bled and died for this country. Not only do we deserve and demand that we be respected in the communities in which we live, we will not be silent, and instead encourage every concerned citizen to work with us to fulfill the promise of this nation – LIFE, Liberty and the Equality of opportunity for all.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director
  • Tanya Clay House, Public Policy Director

A. Phillip Randolph Institute

  • Clayola Brown, President

Advancement Project

  • Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director
  • Penda D. Hair, Co-Director
  • Susan Lee, National Director, Urban Peace Program

American Civil Liberties Union

  • Laura Murphy, Director of the Washington Legislative Office
  • Vanita Gupta, Deputy Legal Director
  • Dennis Parker, Director of our Racial Justice Program

Hip Hop Caucus

  • Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

  • Wade Henderson, President and CEO

National Action Network

  • Reverend Al Sharpton, President

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO

NAACP-Legal Defense Fund

  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel
  • Leslie Proll, Director, Washington DC Office
  • Vincent Southerland, Senior Counsel, Criminal Justice Project

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR)

  • Melanie Campbell, President, Convener of BWR

National Bar Association

  • Pamela Meanes, President

National Urban League

  • Marc Morial, President

Rainbow Push Coalition

  • Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.