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Star Athlete High School Teens Arrested For Waiting For A School Bus While Black

by David Badash on December 2, 2013

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News

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Three high school teens were arrested the day before Thanksgiving for the “crime” of waiting for a school bus — while being Black. The teens, star basketball players at Rochester, New York’s Edison Tech High School, were actually off from school Wednesday but agreed to participate in a scrimmage. They say Rochester police arrested them after ordering them to “disperse.”

The teens were waiting for a yellow school bus to pick them up. Police officers arrested and charged them with disorderly conduct, even after they explained why they were waiting on the sidewalk.

But that was insufficient for the officers. Equally insufficient was what happened next.

Their school bus showed up, with their teammates and coach, who all got to see the players in handcuffs. Coach Jacob Scott talked with the officers, but they still refused to release the youths.

Coach Scott, who also serves as the district guidance counselor, says the police officers threatened to arrest him if he didn’t leave the scene, and were even joking around about arresting the teens.

“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott said. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”

“One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown.”

“It’s a catastrophe. These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested. I’m speaking to the officers with dignity…and still and yet — they see me get treated like nothing.”

A local Rochester news site notes the police report “does not accuse the boys of using abusive or obscense language.”

Parents had to post bail of about $200 for each student so they wouldn’t spend Thanksgiving in jail. Their court date was originally scheduled for Friday, but has been moved to December 11.

Hat tip Gawker via Opposing Views.

Screenshot via WHEC

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Llantha December 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

It's a shame that the Justice Department is turning a blind eye on all of this cop on black crime. Maybe if Holder weren't trying so hard not to be black…

Puat123 December 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

These so called "officers" should be brought up on charges of abuse of power and harassment. Carrying a badge is not a reason to violate the rights of others. I hope the people of this town cause an uproar to oust and expose these keystone cops as well as their superiors.

willowrave December 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I hope they and their school will sue the police big time. And this should be a subject of inquiry by the Office of Civil Rights.

lizhaltom December 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

The city should reimburse the parents every dime, issue a formal written apology, place the officers involved on three day suspension without pay, increase community programs connecting patrol officers with neighborhoods so everyone gets to know everyone on a first name basis, and then the *actual* bad guys out there won't be getting a free pass while the officers waste their time harassing kids waiting for a bus.

milomurray December 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I think this is a strong shout! I know a lot of people fall immediately to the 'sue the police' option, but frankly I believe all that does is remove more money from an institution that's already struggling for funding (a lot of these jumped-up cops may actually result from poor training due to budget cuts). I truly advocate an idea that gives dignity back to the wronged AND takes constructive steps towards a future where the odds of it happening again are severely reduced.

Indygrrl December 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Unfortunately it takes a lawsuit for these injustices to be taken seriously. Often times it takes a judgement to be awarded and budgets to be hit to induce lawmakers to take action, otherwise nothing changes. They should sue, no doubt about it.

milomurray December 3, 2013 at 2:20 am

I do see your stance (and respect it!), however, the problem with lawsuits is that they start at the top of an organization. This is perfect when it is the entire organization that is rotten but in this case, as it was a few officers misbehaving, a lawsuit would negatively damage the entire precinct rather than just the men and women responsible. I do stress that with a budget cut may come even less officer training programmes and even MORE of these 'cowboys' out in the streets. I say 'yes', punish the officers responsible (perhaps dock wages for a period of time and distribute them back to pay for the boys' bail + suspension for the officers involved), 'yes' do absolutely refund the money that was paid to free the boys and 'yes' look into social re-education programmes. More than that, however, and I feel that we're straying dangerously into the area of seeking vendettas rather than social justice.

milomurray December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

The problem that people will have to face is that, sooner or later, whether innocent or guilty, people subjected to this kind of profiling will react BADLY. If the government continues to treat homosexuals as social deviants, we will not want to trust or cooperate with our government when before we were willing to be peaceful. Kids like this and the two dance instructors who had their pupil remanded unlawfully from their custody will learn to despise the law enforcement officials who SHOULD have been protecting their best interests. What we're witnessing here (on a much wider scale than just these two cases) could be the beginning of an ugly cycle of betrayal and bitterness. I do sincerely hope those boys get a little bit of justice just like EVERYONE deserves.

tomeg December 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-761023817"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(761023817)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(761023817)">Close MessageThe officers should immediately be put on suspension with pay, and a thorough investigation begun. If the cops are found guilty of wrongful arrest, they should be suspended indefinitely until formal charges can be filed and disciplinary hearings have concluded. If they are found not to have committed wrongful arrest and exonerated, there are at least two avenues to follow. One would be civil suit, the other requesting Justice Dept. assistance pending appeal.

I may be wrong about this, but I'm only suggesting the matter must be followed up with internal investigation, and further steps taken as appropriate if the police officers are not disciplined and their wrongful actions corrected so something like this incident isn't repeated. Disciplining is not betrayal it's calling them to account for violating rules and guidelines they should have followed, and didn't.

HaywoodJablomie December 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

It's incredible to see how many shallow gullible people fell for this propaganda story. I guess when you desperately WANT to see "racism" everywhere, you will see it.

There's only one line in the story that should raise eyebrows: "Police, however, tell a different story."

Naturally, the liberal author never bothers to provide that "different story." That's probably because they can't use the REAL story as a racial incident.

The REAL story is that these young thugs were shouting at passersby, intentionally blocking the sidewalk to force pedestrians to walk in the street to avoid them, and intentionally bumping into people who were trying to walk past. They then refused to cease when the police ordered them to.

A good thing to remember is to NEVER believe anything you see or read in the media

edurself December 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

HaywoodJablomie, Do you understand the damage ignorance and lies like what your making up does? If you can look at what was done to a race because of their color and hate them, I can only imagine your upbringing. Find your heart man because someday you WILL need it.

edurself December 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I agree with the officers should be IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDED without Pay…YOU ARE HARMING OUR YOUTH, WHITE AND BLACK

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