News mass. supreme court rules: blacks are justified in running from police

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    For Black Men, Running Is a Reasonable Reaction to Police Harassment and Racial Profiling, Concludes Massachusetts’ Supreme Court
    By Jeffery Robinson, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the ACLU Center for Justice
    In 2004, University of Virginia football player Marquis Weeks returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. After the game he described how he did it: "That was just instinct," Weeks said with a laugh. "Kind of like running from the cops, I guess you could say."

    It’s funny until it isn’t. The “instinct” exists for a reason. Black and brown people have been running from people with badges for generations, going all the way back to the days of the slave catchers, who were predecessors of modern-day police.

    Despite his obvious speed, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court caught up with Mr. Weeks this month. The court found that the facts of the case, including that the young Black male suspect tried to avoid the police, did not justify a stop and search of the young man. The court, referring to an ACLU report on “Field Interrogation Observations (FIO)” used by the Boston Police, wrote:

    “Rather, the finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for FIO encounters suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt. Such an individual, when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity.”

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    Whether you call it FIO or stop and frisk does not matter because they are the same thing. In plain English, the court said that innocent Black people may be reasonable in thinking that the best thing to do when approached by police is to run. The facts about stop and frisk in Boston confirm what Black and brown people have known for years.
    In between 2007-2010, people of color accounted for about 75 percent of those stopped by Boston police, 63 percent of them Black in a city where less than 25 percent of the population was Black. In more than 200,000 FOIs, Boston police seized weapons, drugs, or other contraband only 2.5 percent of the time. These disparities aren’t exclusive to Boston, far from it. The ACLU found similar records of police discrimination in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Newark.

    Reducing crime will never be accomplished by stopping and harassing innocent people in a racially disparate fashion, and those who suggest FIOs or stop and frisk as a crime solution are advocating policies that we know will fail — they have before and they will every time they are used. What will be accomplished if this practice continues unchecked is that innocent people of color will continue to learn that all too often the police are not there to serve and protect them. And sometimes the innocent may feel a strong instinct to run from the police to avoid the indignity and interference of being stopped for no justifiable reason.

    The truth about our criminal justice system is harsh. To accept the truth about the criminal justice system will require us to challenge assumptions about the fairness of the system that we have comfortably made for decades. Our challenge is to deal with a system that has evolved to a point where racially based police harassment of innocent people is offered as a legitimate criminal justice solution. Race-based policing is a cancer on our justice system. And like any other disease, we must understand the true nature of the disease to cure it.

    William Burroughs wrote his book “Naked Lunch” about the horrors of drug addiction. He said the title, suggested by Jack Kerouac, referred to “the frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.” The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had a “Naked Lunch” moment regarding the true nature of racially biased policing in Massachusetts: They did not like what they saw on the end of the fork, and neither should the rest of us.
     
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    they are fast runners,at least they have that going for them.
     
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    Is this from The Onion website?
     
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    We need a Bugs Bunny gif for Massachusetts
     
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    JFC, please tell me this isn't real. :facepalm:

    Just to be clear, is it only blacks and hispanics who have now been given permission by the courts not to cooperate with first responders? What about Pacific Islanders, Indians, Native Americans, etc., etc., etc.? Is there a qualifying percentage of "color" that's applicable? If you're only half black like Obama, do you qualify? What if a quarter hispanic person is actually darker skinned than a half blood hispanic? Is one covered and not the other? Will we be issuing skin tone charts to police officers so that, after they apprehend someone, they can check to make sure it's legal to hold them?

    I hope the Massachusetts Supreme Court will waste no time extending this same protection to traffic stops. :rolleyes:

    What a fucking can of worms identity politics opens up whenever it's invoked.
     
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    Totally true - I may have renounce my Boston heritage!
     
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    Massachusetts
    No one cares
     
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    They also let dudes marry dudes

    So there is that
     
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    e he
    conversely, white people are never justified in running from the police...
     
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    ...id say running from the police is a reasonable reaction for a lot of people.
     
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    Or waiting 16 hours after you drive off a bridge and drown a girl
     
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    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others definition

    A proclamation by the pigs who control the government in the novel Animal Farm, by George Orwell. The sentence is a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim the absolute equality of their citizens but give power and privileges to a small elite.
     
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    Only good in sprint White cop always get them in distance and that's in full gear.
     
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    Racism is creating different laws for different races of people.
     
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    you know viewing people differently because of their race..
     
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    Well that's some retarded shit right there.
     
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    My husband, retired cop and I have this argument all the time. he said if you run you are guilty. I say if I see a cop, i'm running.