A black pedestrian was stopped by police. A bystander recorded his ‘humiliating’ arrest.

A black pedestrian was stopped by police. A bystander recorded his ‘humiliating’ arrest.

October 18, 2016 – Washington Post

Image result for photo of police brutalityThe woman stopped her car in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Edina, one of Minnesota’s wealthiest suburbs.

Just moments before, she had passed a black man who had been walking on the shoulder of the street, seemingly to avoid construction along the sidewalk.

After passing the man, the woman noticed an unmarked police car behind her activate its lights. The vehicle pulled in front of the pedestrian and cut him off; a plainclothes officer emerged and accused the man of walking in the middle of the road.

The allegation shocked her, the woman later said, and as she witnessed the officer take the man by the back of his jacket, she sensed she needed to do something.  

So she left her car and began recording.

“[I] was watching something that I didn’t think was very fair,” the woman, identified by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as Janet Rowles, told the newspaper. “I’m not against the police. I was against what he was doing.”   [Read more]

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  • Clyde Duncan  On October 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    A video recording of an example of ABUSE of Authority ….

    – which begs the question: “Blacks for Trump” ….

    – how do you convince these police officers that you are a Trump supporter and you are on their side ????

    – just before you die for jaywalking on the streets of the USA ????

  • Gigi  On October 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

    So, she was basically hunting for a situation to promote her business and she found one. Funny how it wasn’t effective in getting the “victim” to rethink his natural aggressive and violent tendencies. Why is he in the neighborhood anyway? White folks don’t want Blacks in their neighborhood, and Blacks don’t want Whites in their neighborhood. Why else would blacks protest gentrification today after protesting against segregation. The bathos of Blacks is fodder for entertainment and amusement.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    NAACP posted the following [in part] ….

    According to eyewitness, Janet Rowles, a white woman who bravely recorded the incident, the actions of the officer(s) in question was unwarranted. Here’s what she had to say:

    “I began videoing the incident because I felt that the pedestrian might be safer with my presence as a recording witness. There was absolutely no reason for the officer to stop him from walking.

    I easily passed him in my vehicle because he was hugging the right side next to the construction, literally walking on the white line that marks the shoulder.

    I have no interest in vilifying the police, but obviously I got out of my car in the first place because I perceived the pedestrian might not get treated fairly because of his ethnicity.

    There is now much controversy over the time that elapsed between when the incident began and when I started to video. I remember it to be much shorter than the police state, but I feel this is somewhat irrelevant because he never should have been stopped in the first place.

    We share the road all the time with bicyclists, people opening car doors, etc. The officer could have slowed to warn him he might be in danger by being on the white line and suggesting a better place for him to walk, but stopping to try to exert control over him was overzealous.

    His saying twice (on the video) that the pedestrian was walking down the middle of the street is an absolute falsehood.

    Also, I am disappointed to see that the officer who wrote down about ten words that I told him, managed to quote me as saying many, many things on the police report – some of which are completely untrue.”

    When confronted with concerns surrounding the mistreatment and handling of Mr. Thomas, Edina Police double-downed on their justification for the incident, failed to acknowledge any wrong-doing or violations of departmental policies and procedures, and failed to issue an apology to Mr. Thomas, as well as to the public at-large.

    “The response by Edina Police is unacceptable and warrants that further steps be taken to ensure accountability for police misconduct and a repairing of the harm that was caused to the individual and to the broader community. Those officers need to be retrained and there must be accountability to restore public trust, said Professor Jason Sole, Chair: Criminal Justice Reform Committee of Minneapolis NAACP.

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