Jamycheal Mitchell, a 24-year old mentally ill black man, was found dead in his jail cell. That is bad enough but what makes it even worse is that he had been held in jail for four months without bail after being “accused of stealing a bottle of Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake worth a total of $5.” Four months in jail without bail for stealing $5 worth of merchandise? How can that be even possible?
Then we have the case of John Felton who was pulled over by the police and when he asked why, he was told that while he had signaled a turn, he had not done so 100 feet before the turn as required by the law, a technicality to beat all technicalities. Felton was incredulous and challenged the police officer as to the real reason for the stop and the latter said that the real reason he stopped him was “You made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you”.
Yes, we can add ‘looking while black’ to the list of offenses for which black people can be pulled over.
Oh, did I forget to tell you that Felton was black? Did I need to? You can see the video that Felton took of the incident.
Here is a TV news report that followed.
Is it any wonder at the level of rage against the police that now exists?