WHILE POLICE CHASE WHITE SUSPECT, THEY ARREST INNOCENT BLACK BYSTANDER
Can you say, lawsuit? And we are talking about Boston, yet again. Well, practically Boston, in nearby, Arlington, Massachusetts. A 20-year-old black man, Donovan Johnson, was on his way home from his hospital job when police arrested him. That still sounds generically like there could be a reasonable explanation, or some situation where a police error is quickly corrected. But no. Johnson found himself in the wrong time, wrong cop situation. It’s a problem that seems to keep happening to black people. And, well, there’s no case of mistaken identity here. Because police were chasing a white suspect. But they arrested this innocent, black bystander?
COPS DREW THEIR GUNS, THREW INNOCENT BLACK BYSTANDER TO THE GROUND FACE FIRST
But truly, arrest doesn’t quite cover what happened to Johnson. The white police officer who was chasing the white suspect literally ran up to Johnson, drew and aimed his gun at him, and threw him on the snow-covered ground, face first. Why? Because Johnson was there, and he was black. Yet that still fails to explain how bad this arrest was. The cop didn’t just throw the innocent black bystander to the ground, he pinned him with a knee to the next, and ignored his saying, “I can’t breathe.” And oh yeah, the white suspect the police were chasing was simply standing there, unattended.
DESPITE EVEN HAVING A PICTURE OF THE WHITE SUSPECT, BLACK BYSTANDER GETS BRUTALIZED
So you’re a cop, you’re chasing a white suspect. You already have a picture of the white suspect. You know who your target is. You find your white suspect at the hotel where staff called you, you chase him, then arrest the first innocent black bystander your white suspect gets near? Because that’s what happened here. Then, another cop arrives and place the white suspect in handcuffs because he recognizes him. Bravo! Yet a third police office arrives and immediately goes to help pin the innocent black bystander. Oops. And then, the police released Johnson at the hotel they first responded to, because the hotel staff had never seen him before. Because he was an innocent black bystander. They didn’t even give him a ride home!
So as we end, so we began. Can you say, lawsuit? Because it’s happening, almost 3 years after this travesty.