A 7 minute video has been circulating on social media essentially showing a completely unnecessary confrontation between a policeman and a black male, who was committing the terrible crime of walking. You know, that awful awful crime that black men just wont stop committing!
In this case, the man’s walking took an unexpected turn, which can be a nerve wrecking thing for a black man, who could literally die at any moment.
As he probably fears every minute of his life, a policeman saw him take a step off a curb to walk along the road, alongside some local city works that were happening on the pavement.
The policeman pulled up and proceeded to assault him. He begged for the policeman to leave him alone.
As a woman filmed the incident and tried to help the policeman do the job he is actually paid to do (keep the peace, keep it safe blah blah blah) the man was harassed and humiliated until 2 more cop cars turned up and he was literally arrested for NO GODDAM REASON.
Oh, apart from the walking while black part…. We must remember what a heinous crime that is.
The video was recorded on a cell phone and posted to Youtube on Wednesday in Edina, Minnesota. The video’s caption read
I witnessed and videoed this earlier today. I passed by a man who was walking on the white line of the shoulder of the street. There was construction and it was obvious that the sidewalk was not available right there so he was hugging the right side as far as he could go. I went around him and noticed in my rearview mirror that an unmarked SUV turned on police lights. The officer pulled in front of the pedestrian to cut him off and proceeded to accuse him of walking in the middle of the street. I have posted a portion of the video that leads up to my giving an officer my address and phone number, which I’d rather were not posted on youtube.
The city of Edina posted some absolute bullshit on their facebook page supporting the officer and the arrest. They said:
A video of one of our police officers is circulating online. This incident started several minutes prior to the recording. During that time, our police officer observed a man walking southbound on Xerxes Avenue at West 60th Street in the southbound lane of traffic, though there is a sidewalk on the east side and a sidewalk under construction and a paved shoulder on the west side of the street. Recognizing the risk to the safety of the public, the officer pulled in behind the man with his lights and an audible signal in an attempt to advise him to get out of the roadway. The man, who was wearing headphones, turned and looked at the officer and continued walking in the lane of traffic. The officer then drove in front of the man by approximately 15 feet, to block him from continuing in the southbound lane of traffic. The man deliberately went around the squad car and continued to walk in the lane of traffic. The officer got out of his vehicle and started to follow the man, asking him to get out of the lane of traffic and stop. The man did not stop and was defiant. It was after that point that the recording began. The officer smelled alcohol on the man’s breath during the incident. A breathalyzer later confirmed the presence of alcohol.
As a bystander, it’s your right to film officer interactions. However, it’s important to note that attempting to interact with the officer and/or suspect creates a greater risk to the safety of the officer, suspect and bystanders. Public safety is our first priority. It makes it more difficult for officers to deal with the situation on hand when they are at the same time dealing with the distractions of bystanders.
For more information about this incident, contact the Edina Police Department at 952-826-1610.
Oh wait, he had been drinking too….. Add that to the other thing that is clearly a crime while black! Drinking while black.
The video is below:
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