Black Students Arrested For Waiting on School Bus

Not that I’ve been oblivious to racism rearing its ugly head in the northeastern part of the United States. But, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think that lately the northeast has been giving the south a run in this who can be the most racist region of the country.

Of course we all know about the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and their controversial (and still very racist) stop-and-frisk program. Because of the program, we know that for black and brown folks, not only is it an inconvenience to walk down New York City streets. It’s also especially inconvenient for anyone with a melanin affliction to do this after purchasing very expensive belts from high-end stores in Manhattan.

Here at The Intersection of Madness & Reality (TIOMAR) we’ve discussed these civil rights violations at length before. But here today, thanks to the cops in Rochester, New York we can add standing on the sidewalk while waiting on a school bus to long list of heinous crimes much in need of enforcement in the Empire State. Because, well, you just can’t have idle black and brown youth stalking and menacing unsuspecting pedestrians on Main Street.

This from Rochester’s WHEC:

Some are saying the arrest of three teens in the city was unfair and out of line. On Friday, those teens were in court to face a judge.

Rochester Police have charged them with disorderly conduct and say the teens were obstructing the sidewalk on Main Street. But the teens say they were just waiting for the bus when the police arrested them.

These young men are considered star athletes at Edison Tech and their families say they have never been in trouble before and they shouldn’t be in trouble now. Days after the arrest, they are still trying to make sense of what happened.

Daequon Carelock says, “You’re just downtown minding your own business and the next thing you know, anything can happen.”

“We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus,” says Wan’Tauhjs Weathers. “We weren’t catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”

Police tell us a different story. They say early Wednesday morning, an officer witnessed several teens gathering in front of a store near North Clinton Avenue and Main Street.

Police say they were blocking the sidewalk and the entrance to a store and they say they told the teens to leave several times. But according to the officer, the teens did not move from the area. The three teens were then placed under arrest.

black-students-arrested-for-waiting-on-bus[…] The teens are sticking by their story and say they were just waiting for the bus. They got a lot of support from family members at court and even a member of the school board

“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” says Rochester City School Board Member Mary Adams. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”

Crystal Chapman, the mother of one of the teens, says, “They are not bad kids. They are awesome boys. They all have good grades in school. I don’t want them to be profiled at all.”

Edison Tech coach Jacob Scott says, “It’s a catastrophe. These young men were doing nothing wrong. They did nothing wrong. They did what they were supposed to do and yet they still get arrested.”

We are told police have received complaints in the past from the store owner about people loitering and fighting in front of the store and that’s one of the reasons why police say they were monitoring that area.

The teens are out on bail and they are hoping the charges will be dropped at their next court date–in less than 2 weeks.

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I know, the story above is utter ridiculous. Yes, and it sounds like something that happens daily somewhere in the south and not in a progressive state like New York. But maybe that’s the problem. Maybe, just maybe, racism still exists in the northeast because according to the GOP’s official Twitter account yesterday, racism ended when Rosa Parks defied segregationist rules by sitting on the front seat of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. So, yeah, maybe things would be different today in the northeast if they had their own northern version of Rosa Parks to end racism.