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Suge Knight Considers Suing LAPD After Guns Are Drawn On Him!

November 30th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It isn’t often that Suge Knight is actually a victim when it comes to the Los Angeles Police Department.  But that looks like the case now and Suge is allegedly not going to take it lying down.

According to TMZ, Suge Knight was pulled over by the LAPD and it ended with guns being drawn on him. Police sources say this all started when the cops received an assault report and Suge allegedly matched the profile of the suspect. Suge, the unsuspecting driver was then pulled over when the cops saw his car and proceeded to pull their guns out on him.

As you can see on TMZ’s site, Suge was out of the car with his hands up and surrounded by police.  In what seems to be an attempt to “make nice” (or probably to just save his life), Suge Knight agreed to go down to the police station to clrar up the misunderstanding. After some time, Knight was let go.

In fact, the LAPD believe that the assault report was never even true.

That sounds like a problem for them because according to sources close to the situation, Suge Knight is pretty upset about it and is considering suing the police department.

Wow. Well the good thing is that the situation didn’t get any worse and no one was harmed.

A D*mn Shame: T. J. Holmes Pulled Over For Driving While Black?

July 30th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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From BlackVoices

Former CNN host T.J. Holmes was pulled over on Monday, and documented the experience over Twitter.

Holmes did not indiciate where he was driving, but tweeted that he was pulled over one mile from his house with two cop cars behind him. He snapped a photograph of a police car in his rear view mirror with the caption “Driving while black ain’t no joke!”

Holmes tweeted updates from the side of the road over the course of ten minutes. He wrote that the officer was “stumbling over his words trying to explain” why he was pulled over. “This is a damn shame,” Holmes wrote.

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Tyler Perry Recounts Racial Profiling Incident, Says Practice Should Be Labeled Hate Crime

April 3rd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Tyler Perry got very personal with his Facebook fans over the weekend and detailed an incident on his page when he was pulled over for what he considers to be “driving while black.” Outrage over Trayvon Martin’s case sparked Tyler to share his own story of racial profiling involving the Atlanta police, and in looking at his own situation and Trayvon’s, Tyler said racial profiling should be considered a hate crime by the FBI.

Here’s part of what Tyler’s note said:

A few days before President Obama was supposed to speak at my studio, I was leaving the studio, headed to the airport. Most times when I leave the studio I have an unmarked escort. Other times I constantly check in my rearview mirror to be sure that I’m not being followed. It’s a safety precaution that my security team taught me. As I got to an intersection, I made a left turn from the right lane and was pulled over by two police officers. I pulled the car over and put it in park. Then, I let the window down and sat in the car waiting for the officer. The officer came up to the driver’s door and said that I made an illegal turn. I said, “I signaled to get into the turning lane, then made the turn because I have to be sure I’m not being followed.” He said, “why do you think someone would be following you?”

Before I could answer him, I heard a hard banging coming from the passenger window. I had never been in this position before so I asked the officer who was at my window what was going on and why is someone banging on the window like that. He said, “let your window down, let your window down. Your windows are tinted.” As I let down the passenger window, there was another officer standing on the passenger side of the car. He said, “what is wrong with you?” The other officer said to him, “he thinks he’s being followed.” Then, the second officer said, “why do you think someone is following you? What is wrong with you?”

Before I could answer the officer on the passenger side, the one on the driver’s side had reached into the car and started pulling on the switch that turns the car on and off, saying, “put your foot on the brake, put your foot on the brake!” I was so confused as to what he was doing, or what he thought he was doing. It looked like he was trying to pull the switch out of the dashboard. I finally realized that he thought that switch was the key, so I told him that it wasn’t the key he was grabbing. I reached down into the cup holder to get the key, not realizing that the key had a black leather strap on it. As I grabbed it they both tensed up and I dropped it as I heard my mother’s voice from when I was a little boy….

The officer on the driver’s side continued to badger me, “why do you think someone is following you?” I then said, “I think you guys need to just write the ticket and do whatever you need to do.” It was so hostile. I was so confused. It was happening so fast that I could easily see how this situation could get out of hand very quickly. I didn’t feel safe at all. But one officer stopped his questioning and said, “we may not let you go. You think you’re being followed, what’s wrong with you?” At this point, I told him that I wanted to get out of the car. I wanted the passersby to see what was happening.

As I stepped out of the car another officer pulled up in front of my car. This officer was a black guy. He took one look at me and had that “Oh No” look on his face. He immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone. After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic.

I said all of that to say this: do you see how quickly this could have turned for the worse?

Tyler went on to say that he obviously knows there are many great police officers and patrolmen that don’t stop people solely based on their color but that doesn’t change the fact that racial profiling is still very much alive, despite any strides that have been made. He also called attention to another case that he said is just as tragic as Trayvon’s.

Another case that I have been screaming at the top of my lungs about, also in Florida, is the case of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos, a young black man and a young Mexican man. Eight years ago, in Naples, FL, they were both put in the back of Deputy Steve Calkins’ police car and never heard from again.

They were never arrested, never brought to jail. They were put into the back of Deputy Calkins’ car and never heard from again. And to this day Deputy Steve Calkins is a free man.

I guess it’s time to march in Naples now.


That way local government can’t make the decision on whether or not these people get punished.

Unfortunately, we’d still have to trust that the FBI wouldn’t turn a blind eye to these incidents.

Do you think racial profiling will ever be put on the same level as a hate crime?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Minorities More Likely to Get Tickets, Have Vehicles Searched

July 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — After a traffic stop, minority drivers are more likely to get handed a ticket and their vehicles are more likely to get searched, according to a study released this month by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The study of all 2010 traffic stops in the state of Illinois showed that white drivers who were stopped got tickets 55 percent of the time, while minority motorists who were stopped got tickets 63 percent of the time.  Among minorities, Hispanics fared the worst, getting tickets 65 percent of the time, with black and Asian motorists coming in at 62 percent.  However, Chicago cops appeared to be more even-handed, dishing out tickets to 65 percent of both white and minority motorists who were stopped.

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ACLU: Racial Disparities in State Police Searches

June 8th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Tribune) — The Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint today asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate the Illinois State Police’s use of consent searches, arguing officers unfairly target minority drivers for search during traffic stops. The civil rights group has long pushed to ban such searches, citing data collected by the state that shows Hispanics and African Americans were two to three times more likely to be searched for contraband even though white motorists were more likely to be found in possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons.

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Driving While Black Draws Missouri Police

June 3rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(BET) — If you’re Black and driving in Missouri, you might want to be extra careful because African-American drivers are more likely to be stopped in the state, according to a new report.  The report, commissioned by Missouri’s attorney general’s office, showed that in 2010 a much larger proportion of African-American drivers were pulled over than drivers of other races. In fact, 61 percent more Black drivers were pulled over than would have been expected when looking at the state’s racial demographics of people who are of driving age.

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Vermont Police Tackle Racial Profiling

May 6th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Vermont Public Radio) — But is racial profiling happening in our police departments? For years no one knew, because unlike other states, police departments did not track race data. But now a pilot project aims to find out.

(South Burlington police station…phone ringing)

(Wertlieb) The radio crackles to life as officers on patrol check in with the dispatcher at the South Burlington police department. Some of those calls are from officers making traffic stops. South Burlington is one of four Chittenden County police departments that voluntarily recorded data in 2009 about the people they stopped, and now it’s routine to do so.

Police Chief Trevor Whipple says that practice became a priority shortly after he arrived.

(Whipple) “There had been a meeting called it seems just weeks after I got here to address concerns about the relationship between law enforcement and the community of color. So we wanted to do something to talk about that. And to really put it on the target to say, ‘We need to work together, and figure out a plan to address this.’ Whether it be real or perceived, either way it’s a problem.”

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