BEVERLY HILLS WHILE BLACK, VERSACE EXEC GETS STOP AND FRISK FOR JAYWALKING
Ah, lessons the police never want to learn. And, yes, there is again video. Being black in the United States is seriously not fun. It seems totally fair to wonder if your life could end at any given moment. But if you say, no, we’re not a racist country anymore, you are not black. Or, at least, not getting paid while black to talk on Fox News. And now, we have yet another case of obvious racial profiling in Beverly Hills. Salehe Bembury is black. He’s the Vice President of Sneakers and Men’s Footwear for the high-end Versace label. But the exec, being black, is not immune. He jaywalked. Ok, he’s not supposed to do that. But jaywalking is, at most, a fine. You don’t get a stop and frisk for walking across the street against the light.
SINCE WHEN DOES JAYWALKING MAKE PROBABLE CAUSE FOR STOP AND FRISK? SINCE ALWAYS
But that’s exactly what happened to the black Versace executive. Hey, dude, you’re a black person. So police see you and barely even need an excuse to go after you. You belong to their authority. Bembury freely admits to having jaywalked on October 1st, saying, “I jaywalked, I don’t know what to say.” Ok, cool. But police didn’t really want to talk about that. They wanted his ID and to search him. Stop and frisk simply isn’t ok these days. It never was. And Bembury was clearly in shock and alarm when police got edgy about him reaching into his pockets for his ID.
USUALLY JAYWALKING MEANS MAYBE A TICKET, NOT A SEARCH FOR GUNS AND DRUGS
No, really. Since Bembury is black, these cops assumed he was reaching for a weapon when he complied with showing them his ID. So, when a cops asks a black person for identification and they reach for it, that’s probable cause to search them, because they’re more likely to have a weapon? In their front pocket? So this was a literal stop and frisk that had nothing to do with jaywalking. Because if it was just about jaywalking, they would have looked at his ID and either given him a ticket. Or not. That should have been the end of the story. But of course, the Beverly Hill(billy) Police Department said they of course did not racially profile Bembury.
Since when did jaywalking become probable cause for a search for drugs and weapons? I hate to hazard a guess, but maybe the Emancipation Proclamation? You know, on New Year’s in 1863?