The word ‘fear’ seems to become the official excuse of American police who then feel free to do anything they want to Black people. So… three Black teens decided to gain some easy money by selling water in the park on a hot day.
As you can guess, our courageous police were frightened by these boys and… arrested them. Luckily the officers limited themselves to handcuffing the Black teens. Lots of internet users were rightfully outraged by the incident. Councilman Charles Allen, the head of the council’s Public Safety Committee condemned the actions of police in a letter acknowledging the fact that their behaviour was racially motivated.
“While I understand the need to maintain consistency in permitted actions, I do not understand why the enforcement cannot take place with uniformed personnel and actions less severe than handcuffing individuals suspected of the sales,” Allen wrote. “I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand in the same spot.”
Luckily the Black teens were released and didn’t face any charges but we all understand that this ‘fear’ constantly mentioned by the cops could cost the kids their lives.