My personal experience with cops has been a pleasant one. I don't recall ever being racially profiled or treated poorly by a cop ever. I have spent my childhood growing up on military bases that have been very multicultural so I've been blessed to have friends all my life of many different races and ethnicities.
I can't say that directly to my face I've personally had many negative racially tense experiences as a whole. I definitely deal with the occasional somewhat ignorant comment that comes from a white person who in my opinion just has not been exposed in direct relationship with anyone who was not white, so they just have no clue. Those experiences don't create in me a feeling that the person is in fact a racist, just that they need to get outside of their comfort zones.
I could not imagine my life only having one race of friends and associates. I honestly feel sorry for people who live this way. I've personally learned so much about others through building relationships with people who don't look like me.
Lately it's gotten out of hand all the white people who feel threatened by black people who are just out living life to the point where they are calling the police for no reason. Police are coming out and in some situations arresting black people who have done absolutely nothing wrong. Here are some of my thoughts and/or questions on these situations.
What causes some cops to arrest and some cops to see that it is a bunch a crap, speak up and then leave the situation? Clearly it can't be protocol to arrest everyone who has had the cops called on them, so why is it done in any of these false situations?
Starbucks situation: White manager calls cops on two black men waiting for business partner. When the cops arrived and saw/heard from many witnesses that these men did NOTHING wrong, couldn't they have assessed the situation and then left the guys alone? No crime was committed, so why waste time and money when there are real crimes occurring that could use their attention?
Airbnb situation: White neighbor calls cops on black people leaving a home they rented because they looked suspicious. If this lady truly had good relationships with her neighbors she would have known that the home was used as an Airbnb, she would also have called the neighbor if she felt concerned.
I have all of my neighbors cell phone numbers. We look out for each other's homes and we let each other know when we are going to be out of town and even who may be coming in and out of our homes as well. Seriously though when was the last time someone robbed a home in the middle of the day, coming out of it with packed luggage and suitcases? Did these people really need to be detained??
Yale student situation: White student called cops (at least 2nd time) on black student who fell asleep in study room while writing a paper. I'm still confused to how she even got the cops over to that dorm? Since when are cops coming out because someone is sleep on a college campus? Could they not have deferred her to an RA or staff in the building? How was this a matter for the police exactly? What crime was committed?
Although the cops came and essentially let the black student go, there was a couple of moments in conversation when the cop was like "I'll let you know if you belong in this building," that I wanted to scream no her account that shows payment for her tuition and room and board will let you know that she belongs in that building!
BBQ situation: White lady calls cops on black people BBQing in the park bc of the grill they are using? I just don't have enough time in my life to wait for over two hours for cops to arrive for a situation so DUMB. A complete waste of tax payers money! She felt threatened? Why was she posted up in front of their BBQ for so long then? Just go home, mind your business, and the "threat" is eliminated. No need for you to stand around hovering if you feel unsafe.
Food shop situation: White guys yells, belittles, and threatens to call ICE because Hispanic people were speaking Spanish. So now we can call the cops on people for speaking their native language in public? IGNORANT!
Unfortunately there are many more crazy racial situations happening each day. This is truly getting old! There needs to be more training with police how to handle non-violent (no crime) situations and repercussions given to people who are quick to call the cops on such nonsense.
On a positive note I really appreciate seeing white people stand alongside these black and brown people and call stuff for what it is. If it's wrong it's wrong no matter the skin color and it's going to take us as a people to stand up together for injustice.