Miami-Dade Police Choke 14-Year-Old for “Dehumanizing Stares”

Miami-Dade Police Choke 14-Year-Old for “Dehumanizing Stares”

So apparently giving Miami-Dade police officers “dehumanizing stares,” can not only get you choked out, it can also result in felony resisting arrest charges. Yep, Florida is awesome. I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but the aforementioned information could come in quite useful should you happen to be a tourist in the Sunshine State one day. That’s right, folks. and you have none other than 14-year-old Tremaine McMillan and his puppy to thank for this information. Yeah, because somehow there was never a public relations campaign by the Miami-Dade Police Department, to inform would-be fun-seekers on the beach of this most egregious crime against humanity. But like the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.once said, “If ya don’t know, now ya know, nigga.” Of course I’m not sure if that was a direct quote; nonetheless, knowing is half the battle.

This via AlterNet:

Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and asked what he was doing. The “peacekeeping” officers say they saw McMillan roughhousing with another teenager, told him it was “unacceptable behavior,” and asked where his mother was. When McMillan walked away, they chased him on ATVs, jumped out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him. According to police reports, McMillan “attempted to pull his arm away, stating, ‘Man, don’t touch me like I did something.'”

miami-dade-police_choke_14-year-old_dehumanizing-stares1McMillan says he obeyed orders, and was leading the officers towards his mother when they jumped him. The teen adds that he was holding and feeding his puppy at the time, who got injured during the encounter.

“I don’t like it. I feel sad. He got in front of me on the ATC and he slammed my hand,” McMillan said. “Then he started choking me. Then my 6-week old Pit Bull mix named Polo got hurt and bruised his front paw when the police grabbed me and slammed me down. It makes me feel sad.”

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta justified the use of force, saying McMillan was exhibiting threatening “body language,” which includes “clenched fists.” McMillan adamantly denies this charge because, well, he was holding a puppy.

Of course I expect one of you to respond in the comment section below and say some think like, “Well, if the kid had only complied none of this would have happened, RiPPa.” Well, racism and the way black folks are treated by the police aside, can you tell me when was there a law signed that said it’s against the law to look at the police in a “dehumanizing” manner? More importantly, if the police in this case were truly attempting to speak with this kid’s parents — because clearly they were aware that he was a child. How was it possible for his mother to film what they did to him?

I mean, common sense says that she was in the same zip code, or at least close enough to have the conversation they desired, no? I could be wrong — hey, I’m not perfect when it comes to this police thing — but it doesn’t seem like the police were truly interested in speaking with his parents like they say they were. To me, it seems the intentions of the police were pretty obvious. But never mind that, folks; in America, we are now post-racial. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

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