5 (mis)steps to be easily mistreated by US cops
Crossing the street in an area that isn't an official crosswalk can apparently lead to a beating with a baton. That's exactly what happened to a boy in Stockton, California, who was only trying to walk to his bus.
2. Make a clock and bring it to school
Educators are trained to encourage the intellect and motivation of their students, but perhaps teachers in Irving, Texas, missed that memo. Ahmed Mohamed was seeking to impress his instructors when he brought a homemade clock to school – but he landed in juvenile detention instead, because the invention “looked like a bomb.” The move sparked accusations of Islamophobia, as the boy is Muslim.
I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed's sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015
3. Be homeless with crutches
Apparently crutches are considered “suspicious" by US cops, even if you only have one leg and need them to get around. Officers in San Francisco assaulted a homeless amputee after he reportedly waved his “sticks” around.
4. Sing in the street
It may not have been the best singing voice to ever grace Allentown, Pennsylvania, but the source of the melody had no idea his performance would end with police assaulting and arresting him.
5. Be autistic
It's not officially a crime to have autism in America, but that didn't stop New York City police officers from punching a 17-year-old boy in the face before arresting him – all because he was standing in front of his own home and had a hard time making eye contact, which made one of the officers “fear for his life.”