Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’
Three African-American students who were waiting for a school bus in Rochester, New York were arrested on Wednesday morning when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.
According to WROC, basketball coach Jacob Scott had arranged for a school bus to pick up the boys to take them to a scrimmage on a day when school was closed.
A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”
But the students and the coach dispute the police version of events.
“We didn’t do nothing,” student Raliek Redd explained. “We was just trying to go to our scrimmage.”
“We was just waiting for our bus and he started arrested us,” student Wan’Tauhjs Weathers added.
Daequon Carelock, who was also arrested, lamented that anyone could be “just downtown, minding your own business, and next thing you know, anything can happen.”
Coach Scott arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.
“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”
“One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown,” he noted.
Scott called the incident a “catastrophe” for the boys and witnesses who were traumatized by the arrest.
“These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested,” Scott remarked. “I’m speaking to the officers with dignity…and still and yet – they see me get treated like nothing.”
Rochester school board member Mary Adams expressed her outrage at the arraignment last week.
“I think the charges should be immediately dropped and I think the district attorney’s office should be stepping in and looking at these kinds of matters,” she said.
“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” Adams told WHEC. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”
A trial for the three students is scheduled for December 11.
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This report came out in May 2010 and unfortunately these types of stories never flood the airwaves as they should.
Victims of Racism should reasonably conclude that this behavior by these particular enforcement officials was not anomalous nor was it peculiar to “Camden County, New Jersey”. Racism (White Supremacy) is a global system and patterns can easily be observed throughout the world regarding how this system is practiced and maintained.
Crime statistics to justify Racism (White Supremacy) (i.e. mistreating non-white people on the basis of color) is criminal in of itself. We know that Racism (White Supremacy) is a criminal system and so we should expect that those who classify themselves as “white” and are operating as enforcement officials for that system are likely to be Racists (White Supremacists). Therefore, they cannot be trusted to give us a real understanding of crime or its prevention.
For your own safety, do not talk to a so-called police officer. Do not volunteer information, even if you think they already know what you’re talking about. Do not consent to a search, including the command “empty your pockets”. Do not allow them into your residence without a warrant. Reserve your right to remain silent. If you do speak, stay in question mode and ask if you are under arrest, if not, ask are you “free to go”. Ask for an attorney if you are arrested. Maintain your calm and ask questions with courtesy. Follow this link which shows a law professor detailing this suggested code of conduct.
At the end of the day, non-white people are incredibly vulnerable and so those are general guidelines. Many of these enforcement officials engage in long-term criminal and violent behavior so keep that in mind and minimize your risk as much as you can.