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After three Black teenagers were handcuffed for selling water without a license on the National Mall in the nation’s capital, a District of Columbia councilmember is condemning the officers for the arrests, Think Progress reports.

Councilman Charles Allen, the head of the council’s Public Safety Committee, issued a letter claiming that the actions of the plainclothes U.S. Park Police officers were racially charged and unnecessary.

“While I understand the need to maintain consistency in permitted actions, I do not understand why the enforcement cannot take place with uniformed personnel and actions less severe than handcuffing individuals suspected of the sales,” Allen wrote, according to the source. “I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand in the same spot.”

Think Progress reported that U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose said the boys were handcuffed for safety measures.

The concept of “fear” seems to be a common excuse when police officials make uncalculated and brash decisions in many of their interactions with African-Americans, the outlet stated.

Many expressed outrage on social media. Scores of people said if the teens were White there never would have been an issue.

The teenagers, whose ages ranged from 16 to 17, were not charged and later released.

SOURCE: Think Progress


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5 thoughts on “DC Councilman Disgusted By Arrest Of Black Teens Selling Water

  1. Common sense and decency is just non existent these days. I don’t deal in race baiting, so I don’t know if the same would have happened if these had been young people of a different race or not. What I do know is, that this is shameful, no matter what race the youngsters are, and the knuckleheads that had these kids sitting out there in handcuffs need to be made to attend classes on how to be not only good cops, but decent human beings. Idiots.

  2. African American Woman on said:

    This is so wrong on so many levels. Kids, entrepreneurial kids at that (good thing!) criminalized for selling water????!!!! Are you kidding me? So, the police traumatize these young men who were doing nothing wrong when you have all other kinds of criminals out here that are operating in the open…I’m so glad these weren’t my boys because I’d be in prison on some serious charges right about now.

    • lois on said:

      This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!! Let us not “quench” these young people’s entrepreneurial spirits. If it is a matter of them not having permits to sell water, then let’s (business owner’s in our communities) teach them how to obtain the proper permits. But of course, we know the REAL issue is the color of their skin!!

  3. BUNNY on said:

    OH FOR HEAVENS’ SAKE!! Cold water. You know what…IT ABSOLUTELY would had been different were they white kids. Let’s be completely honest about this situation. These plainclothed cops most likely would have bought something to QUENCH their thirst, had these young people LOOKED LIKE THEM!!! Yes they had no permit. Educate them on the laws and send them on their way. CONCENTRATE ON THE REAL LAW BREAKERS OUT THERE. GEEEEEZ

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