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Cops in Michigan and Florida Target Blacks in Grotesque Abuses of Power
Posted on Nov 22, 2013
Fresh reports reveal stunningly disgusting behavior by police officers in suburban Detroit and in a small city just outside Miami. Stunning, as in Grosse Pointe Park cops allegedly caught in their own videos harassing African-Americans—one apparently mentally ill man was ordered to “dance like a chimp”—and Miami Gardens police arresting the same black man 62 times for trespassing at the store in which he works.
In reports first posted last week on the Detroit-centric website Motor City Muckraker, the Grosse Pointe Park police officers allegedly recorded their harassment of African-Americans and then shared the videos with their friends. Grosse Pointe Park adjoins Detroit to the east, and the boundary between the two cities offers one of the nation’s starkest dividing lines between the haves and the have-nots. From Motor City Muckraker:
The local Grosse Pointe News followed up the Muckraker posts Thursday, reporting that Grosse Pointe city officials were investigating.
In Miami Gardens, the police behavior is pure oppression. As The Miami Herald reported Friday, police officers have stopped and questioned a man named Earl Sampson 258 times in four years, searched him more than 100 times, and hauled him off to jail 56 times. Nearly all of the contacts were at the place where he works, the 207 Quickstop convenience store, where Sampson is a clerk for owner Alex Saleh.
The harassment—and Sampson wasn’t the only one targeted—became so bad that the shop owner, who initially invited the police in as part of a “zero tolerance” program, installed video cameras. As the Herald reports:
The Herald has posted a series of the videos on its website. City officials didn’t respond to Herald requests for comment. And Saleh is talking with the ACLU about a possible lawsuit.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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