By: Frank Carbone
On March 15th, last Tuesday, the Daily News ran an article a front page article by Marc Lamont Hill that will be the reason I never buy that "news" paper again. Mr. Hill. told his tragic tale of being a victim of racial profiling. Mr. Hill was dropping a friend of one night in the lovely Logan section of the city. Mr Hill happens to have a nice new BMW and dresses nice so of course he is a target by the PPD.
"Police Officer Richard DeCoatsworth -hailed as a hero when he survived a gunshot blast to the face in 2007" happens to be the "Latino Officer" who eventually pulls Mr. Hill over. I'll let you read the rest.
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Really? "I silently prayed that I would make it home that night alive. After all, for blacks, our behavior does not merely determine whether we get a ticket or a verbal warning. It determines whether we live or die." Really? That is ludicrous. Maybe, because I'm white I don't understand if that's the case I encourage my fellow students to shed some light on that feeling for me. I know that if I'm driving a nice car around in a bad neighborhood at night that there is a chance that I'll get pulled over because I look suspicious. Totally understandable, it looks like I'm looking to buy drugs or up to something worse so if I get pulled over I would not be confrontational with the Police and I certainly would not fear for my life.
The hero cop in question.
Please read the article, I don't want to rewrite it and bore you with a huge post. I just thought it was an interesting story that kind of related to the white criminal black criminal story of profiling. I am also including two more links from follow up articles from both sides of the story.