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@CBSLA: USC Minority Students Allege Police Attacked Them Without Provocation http://t.co/BF44mwD9Hl
Seems like more of a LAPD issue, but in the article a blog post titled “I’m A Scholar, Not A Criminal: The Plight Of Black Students At USC,” is quoted as saying this, “Instead of studying for the last final of my undergraduate career, I am writing this letter in protest of the University of Southern California’s latest atrocity. Last night, students gathered at a house near campus to celebrate their completion of another rigorous school year. Many attendees were graduating seniors. Almost all attendees were minority students: African-American and Latino.”
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When you throw beer bottles at LAPD, they come back in riot gear. Seems appropriate to me.
I feel like there is probably more to this story. I'm gonna guess that there was fault on both sides. Cops can be total a-holes but they usually require a little provocation before they go there. To get that kind of reaction from that many of them at the same time tells me there is more to this story.
It's one thing for a cop to profile somebody based on race, age, wardrobe, etc... It's a another thing for 50 cops to profile that many people while there is a similar party (other than race) across the street
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What evidence do you have for this?
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Not only did they do this, but later that night, they went into the house across the street that threw the mostly white party, uninvited, and interrogated some of the housemates. Here's a FB post from one of them:
"Hi everyone, I live at 1223 W. 23rd, (The Pink House) and we were the folks hosting the party across the street when Friday night's events unfolded. In addition to the blatant racism that was exhibited at the party across the street, and as if we needed more reason to feel strongly against what happened, the blatant violation of rights did not stop after the majority of the officers went home.
I woke up at about 4:30am to a loud pounding sound, which I assumed was one of my 6 housemates locked out of the house. I thought the sound was coming from the back door but, once I woke up, pulled on a pair of underwear, and checked our back entrance, I realized that the sound was coming from inside my house. I walked around through our living room to find two police officers IN my house, one of them lowering a shoulder into my housemate, Brynne's door.
When they noticed me standing there, they immediately froze and, when I asked them why they were in my house (thinking the police's attention had shifted to our home to also enforce whatever "laws" our party may have broken), they simply said that they were "canvassing for witnesses". At that, they continued to violently BEAT on Brynne's door, stopping only when I yelled at them, saying "She's obviously asleep, quit doing that."
At this point, i was shirtless, barefoot, and terrified of the two large men with guns apparently trying to beat down my housemate's door. The fact that they were police officers didn't even bother me, they were just men with guns in my home without my permission and I knew that wasn't okay. I asked them what they needed and they began aggressively questioning me. "How many people live here? Is there anyone else awake? What are the names of everyone who lives here?" When I told them that I was the only one awake, they ordered me to wake everyone in my house.
So, with two police officers in tow, I walked upstairs and began knocking on my housemate's doors. The first door, my housemate stephanie's room, was open. The first officer pushed his way past me into the room, and stopped, probably waiting for his eyes to adjust to the dark room. I rushed in behind him, stepped between him and my friend (then noticing that my other friend Anya was also in the bed with Stephanie) and, to my horror, realized that both girls were shirtless and uncovered, asleep (or passed out) on the bed - and the officer was just standing there, staring at them.
I told the officer that he needed to leave and that they were not dressed (and of course he acted like he had no idea they were shirtless) and he reluctantly exited the room. I am terrified to think how long he would have stood there (or what else he might have done) had I not woken up to go upstairs with them.
I banged on my friend Tommy's door, becoming increasingly scared of what was going on. While waiting from him to come down the stairs from his attic room, the same officer that entered Stephanie's room entered my friend José's room. He began trying to talk to Jose, fiddling with Jose's personal belongings on his desk, and when I asked him what he was doing (because Jose was clearly unresponsive and asleep) he stated that the was "checking out his posters".
Tommy and I confronted the officers, Tommy still sleepy and unaware of the things the officers had done in the other rooms (and still under the belief that they were here to prosecute US) and asked them why they were here. The officers then began asking us questions in their pursuit for "witnesses" and it soon became apparent that they were looking for us to give them some sort of information that would condemn the behavior of our fellow students across the street.
The best way to summarize the attitude and feel of their questions is this: "Please tell us all the things you saw today to confirm the fact that we, your police officers and loyal protectors, saved you precious white folk from the violence and unlawful behavior of the atrocious black party across the street tonight"
We asked them if giving them a statement would make them leave, and they said yes. Tommy and I gave our statements, giving them no information except for estimations on the number of people and officers we witnessed on Friday night, and times at which we noticed them, along with a great deal of personal opinion regarding the blatant racism and selective enforcement we witnessed, which they disregarded and did not take down.
Tommy then went to bed, and, on their way out, the two officers said "Do you want us to shut the door behind us? It was unlocked when we got here" which CONFIRMS the fact that they OPENED our door and let themselves in without a warrant, without permission, and without any sort of probable cause. I ushered them out and locked the door behind them.
Tommy and I have both filed reports and complaints regarding the officers and, because they took down our information, we will be able to find out which officers these were.
This in no way amounts or compares to the hardship and injustice suffered by our neighbors across the street that night, but it goes to show that these officers have ZERO respect for the law they're supposed to uphold. I will continue to call and file complaints on a daily basis until my calls are returned and I encourage all of you to do the same for anything you may have seen or experienced this Friday.
This Tuesday we have an opportunity to make a difference in the way the police in Los Angeles handle student affairs. We have a chance to alter the way in which USC liasons with the LAPD. We need to show up in force, and show them that the force we represent is not to be reckoned with, and that we will no longer stand by and watch our fellow students be profiled and those who are supposed to protect and serve instead enforce laws selectively and differently based on different racial or social demographics. Things have to change! Let's make it happen!"
An incredibly well-written and frustrating account. Government must be held accountable.
For some LAPD cops, color, long hair and a few other things are adequate provocation.
Video of students being arrested:
Video of sit in:
The article says it was LAPD. The article says it was off campus. If the article is correct, then the blogger is not a scholar either. What atrocity did USC commit? What were the other atrocities that are implied? Was the article inaccurate?
Just another day at the office with the continual erosion of civil liberties at the hands of inept law enforcement. Warrant? Probable Cause for search and seizure? Pfth. Those days are LONG gone. You asked for it and you got it, America. Enjoy.
Many conservatives are weirdly silent on holding either of the military or the police accountable in the way that they are vocal about doing with teachers, firefighters, programs for poor people. I think libertarians should start kicking up that fight in the GOP.
Agreed. Both the Democratic and Republican parties seem to have a high threshold for this kind of invasive nonsense. Leadership in both parties - from John McCain to Harry Reid - buy into (and sell) the idea that these kinds of "tactics" are OK in the name of domestic security. 100% pure tyrannical bullshit that must be abated.
This is an area of civil rights in which we agree.
Livestream of meeting: http://www.livestream.com/uschangemovement
lapd on the news for all the wrong reasons...
Dorner, this, their f-up with the rape allegations and the admissibililty of evidence etc. Will be interesting- with weeks left- if it becomes a mayoral campaign issue. Jan Perry endorsed Garcetti, Bill Clinton and Maxine Waters endorsed Gruel. I know plenty of communities of color who might consider this a voting issue.
Where did you read or hear that beer bottles were thrown at LAPD?
An LAPD watch commander confirms the department received a noise complaint about Howard’s party. He said party-goers refused to leave and threw beer bottles at arriving officers, which prompted them to return in riot gear, a charge Howard denies.
Some USC students say they were unfairly targeted Sunday morning when LAPD officers broke up a party and arrested several students. News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of LA
You don't say?
Seemed oddly appropriate (not really). Happy Wednesday!
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