Police arrest a man for picking up his kids.


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A Minnesota black man is tased and arrested by police because he was going to pick up his kids from school.

Don’t believe me? Watch the video below the fold. It is heart-breaking and infuriating. The man does nothing wrong, and the police could have easily calmed the situation down. Instead, they escalated it for no reason. The man quite reasonably concludes “The problem is I’m black.”

I think the problem here is less racism and more a police force that is in love with its power. As I and many others have documented extensively, modern American police are increasingly willing to abuse their position of trust in ways that are appalling. In this case, as in many similar cases, the police officers in this case got off free, without punishment. What should have happened is that the male officer should have been fired, and the female officer disciplined.

6 comments

  • You are right. Too many of our police, FBI, you name it, are unfit for such responsibilities. We lost our status as citizens with the TSA under Obama. They became unionized and changed into Gestapo. And no one would stand up to them.

    Now everywhere if you have a badge, you think you can ignore citizens their rights and their dignity.

  • t-dub

    It seems to me that it is the police that escalate these situations these days, not the “offenders”. This man was in a public area on legal business and he was being nice. It was the cops that made everything into an “event” because they didn’t like the fact that he didn’t kowtow to them properly and knew, and asserted, his rights. The police had better be careful. If there ever is civil unrest it may become “open season” on cops and then what are they going to do? Way more of us than them even if they are armed to the teeth.

  • James

    A friend recently shed some light on cops and the military mentality. The overwhelming majority of them are like women, in that they ADORE drama. One cop I recently had a conversation with admitted that the reason she stayed in was that, in her words, “I’m an adrenaline junkie”. Nothing high-minded, like preserving order in society or doing the right and just thing. No. Adrenaline. Me, me, me and excitement.
    So remember that all my little snowflakes, when you meet and greet these great intellectuals in blue. First, they have the power and inclination to make YOUR life miserable. Second, what the hell does it cost you to adopt some camouflage, and make them THINK you are subservient? Certainly beats a beating, or hours in their custody, along with all the attendant rigamarole, no?
    Dignity, I hear you loudly proclaim? In a nation that extols the cockamamie crap it does on teevee and the lengths people go to to be noticed(think, Jerry Springer?), plus cheese in a spray can and edible women’s underwear, there is no dignity in Murrika. Get over it. Camouflage is cheap.

  • Pzatchok

    Another “I know my rights guy”

    Of course you know your rights.
    Thats fine but if your there to pick up your kids prove your one of their parents.
    If this was like any other school there should have been a hundred other parents waiting for their kids there also but I didn’t see any.
    So I bet this was not a designated pick up area.

    I have see it before and I bet this guy fit the profile. Like many many other parents they are a bit impatient waiting for their kids and want to get the kids and get out as fast as possible so the take any steps they can to get ahead of the other parents.
    I have seen them park in the street on the back side of a school and try to get in though some back door so they can basically cut to the front of the line and skip any traffic on the way home.

    For all the cops knew this guy was some pervert looking to snatch some random kid leaving the school.
    Hell he could have been a felon wanted for kidnap and murder.
    How would the cops look if they just let this guy grad some kid and go and the kid turned up dead later.

    By the way not all parents have the right or permission to pick up their kids. Some divorces are messy.

    And cops don’t have all day to stand around waiting for passive proof that this guy is not some perve.

    He should have just handed over his ID and explained he was waiting for his kid. If the officer wanted him to go wait in the designated area then just go there and wait.

    But of course its all because he is black. And only because hes black. But everyone ignores it when it happens to a white guy.
    Like it happened to me, Yes a white guy was asked for his ID when he showed up early to pick his kid up from school and was waiting in his car reading a book.

  • Edward

    “So I bet this was not a designated pick up area.”

    But it seemed to be an area open to the public. That would mean that it is open to the public. Thus, even *I* should be allowed to be there, despite not having a child at that school.

    “For all the cops knew this guy was some pervert looking to snatch some random kid leaving the school. Hell he could have been a felon wanted for kidnap and murder.”

    Guilty until proved innocent. How French. Not American.

    “By the way not all parents have the right or permission to pick up their kids. Some divorces are messy.”

    But that is not what the police said. She was not interested in whether he had a child to pick up or even in verifying that he did. To paraphrase, both said, ‘Obey me despite your rights.’ It is the very definition of a police state.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/police%20state?s=t

    “And cops don’t have all day to stand around waiting for passive proof that this guy is not some perve.”

    And thus your rights are forfeit merely for the convenience of the police. Has the “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” finally perished from the earth?

    “But of course its all because he is black. And only because hes black. But everyone ignores it when it happens to a white guy. Like it happened to me, Yes a white guy was asked for his ID when he showed up early to pick his kid up from school and was waiting in his car reading a book.”

    You failed to tell us if you gave up your rights and complied, or if the person requesting your ID allowed you to keep your rights. If you attempted to keep your rights, did they call the cops (obviously not, because you think the they call the cops only because someone is black)?

  • Pzatchok

    In Ohio you must give ID when requested by the cops.

    Anonymity is not a right.

    And on private property you have no rights robe there without permission of the owner. His appointed representative requested the cops.

    By law are you allowed to take a nap in a bed store?

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