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A business owner claims that an individual was repeatedly walking past his store at 4:30 PM on Thanksgiving, looking in the windows, etc. His business was frequently robbed numerous times. The cop told a white lie about the reason for the stop.
911 call: Firm owner feared man in Pontiac police stop
Errrrr... wha?!?For example, we don't know if the cop came up and said "Excuse me sir. I'd like to ask you a question" or whether he said "Get on your knees mother****er or I'm going to blow your head off!"
It seems pretty clear that the cop in this video was being polite, and was not being aggressive or hostile. In fact, I'd say he was very calm, given how the citizen was obviously upset over being stopped. The encounter ended with a high-five. There's no real reason to criticize the officer.
The citizen wasn't accusing the officer of misconduct. He was outraged that someone called the cops, and that the reason for suspicion was that he was "walking around with his hands in his pockets." That's an absurd reason. At least "we got a 911 call about a suspicious person casing a store" makes sense.
It was a good stop and the suspect made it into something it wasn't by posting his video. The media and social media then exploded the situation by judging the situation on incomplete information presented in a way SPECIFICALLY to "prove" bias.
On the whole this seems to be nothing more than a black "activist" stirring up **** just to get his youtube video to go viral. It's no different than the guy walking down the street with an AK slung across his chest then claiming to be "harassed" by the cops.
Did he? Really?It was a good stop and the suspect made it into something it wasn't by posting his video.
He's not a mind reader, and apparently he wasn't walking around with a police scanner. The only thing he had to go on was what the officer told him, and "having your hands in your pockets" is an absurd reason to suspect anyone.
Amusingly enough, the police also used social media to give a fuller background.The media and social media then exploded the situation by judging the situation on incomplete information presented in a way SPECIFICALLY to "prove" bias.
Numerous media reports have also given the PD's side of things.
On the whole this seems to be nothing more than a black "activist" stirring up **** just to get his youtube video to go viral.
C'mon, man. The guy was doing nothing, got stopped by the police, found the reason for the stop to be absurd, and posted it on Youtube.
Video cameras are all but ubiquitous, and more people are filming their encounters with the police. When they do something improper -- or just absurd -- they're going to get called on it. IMO this is a good thing, as it is likely to curb police abuse, without actually preventing them from doing their jobs.
?!?!?It's no different than the guy walking down the street with an AK slung across his chest then claiming to be "harassed" by the cops.
The guy wasn't walking around with an AK-47. He wasn't armed. No one had any reason to think he was armed. He was just walking around, with his hands in his pockets.
If walking around on a cold day with your hands in your pockets is a valid reason for suspicion, then I should've been stopped by the police at least twice a day, every day, for the past month. Care to guess if that's the case...?
The cop version and the 911 call indicate that he was doing more than "just walking down the street". He was acting in a way that gave people concern. The cop did manage to get that part across. Yeah, "because your hands were in your pockets" isn't sufficient probable cause and the cop could have been a good bit more specific as to what was happening but the subsequent outburst by the guy was unnecessary. Then, to exacerbate things, he seems to have gone to the media with an incomplete story which the media then never bothered to follow up on before before voicing their "outrage".
This guy's rights were never violated. He wasn't "disrespected" by anybody and there is no indication whatsoever that there was a racial motive anywhere in the situation that wasn't manufactured by a whole slew of people motivated by some bull**** "social justice" agenda.
Respect and tolerance are a two way street and they are also a process. People jumping to conclusions and making mountains out of molehills only serves to stall that process.
We don't know if the 911 call was accurate. Granted, after multiple robberies a store owner is entitled to be suspicious, but that doesn't prove that his description is accurate. (In fact, it might suggest the opposite.)
We don't know if Brandon McKean was the person the shop owner reported. It seems unlikely, as he was at a friend's house when the 911 call was made, and had only been walking outside for a few minutes.
Even if we accept those two aspects at face value, then no, looking in a shop window is NOT equivalent to walking around with an AK-47 on a strap. That's just insane.
I see. It's perfectly acceptable for police to randomly stop people, provide a flimsy excuse for the stop, and no one should complain.Yeah, "because your hands were in your pockets" isn't sufficient probable cause and the cop could have been a good bit more specific as to what was happening but the subsequent outburst by the guy was unnecessary.
I'm curious, how often do you get stopped? How many times would it take for you to get stopped, before you started complaining about it, and thinking that something was up?
McKean didn't claim they were. He was expressing outrage over what he thought was an unacceptable reason to call the cops.This guy's rights were never violated.
McKean did not accuse the officer of disrespecting him.He wasn't "disrespected" by anybody....
As he thought the reason for the stop was basically "walking while black," he definitely felt disrespected, and understandably so.
....except that black citizens get stopped over trivial ways repeatedly, and often with unjust results.....and there is no indication whatsoever that there was a racial motive anywhere in the situation that wasn't manufactured by a whole slew of people motivated by some bull**** "social justice" agenda.
One well-known example is NYC's "stop and frisk" policy. One aspect of the policy made a great deal of sense: They were putting police officers into high-crime areas. The rest, did not. They made over 5 million S&F's over 12 years, and in several years police conducted over 500,000 stops. Few stops were linked to any nearby criminal activity. Over 90% of those frisked were black and Latino. The police only found weapons in 0.2% of frisks. It produced few arrests. There's no good evidence it reduced crime. Alienated much of the community. The policy was so egregious that eventually it was ruled unconstitutional last year. (FYI, crime in NYC has dropped 4.35% in 2014, despite the termination of S&F last August.)
And of course, there's other issues like blacks are more likely to be stopped, twice as likely to be searched when they are stopped than whites, more likely that whites to be killed while in police custody, less likely to have contraband on them when they are searched. Even given disparities in crime rates in minority populations, and given how overt expressions of racism have declined in recent decades, concerns about structural and unconscious bias are often warranted.
Thus, if a black person gets stopped for what appears to be a trivial or frivolous reason, they're probably justified in jumping to the conclusion that there is some sort of racist impulse behind it -- even if the cop(s) involved are not personally racist.
Yes, respect is mutual. And we saw these two individuals expressing respect to one another.Respect and tolerance are a two way street and they are also a process. People jumping to conclusions and making mountains out of molehills only serves to stall that process.
However and again, I have no problems whatsoever with people filming encounters with police, and releasing it for public viewing. Neither should you. As Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said: "We have nothing to hide when we do our job."
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Someone made a 911 call the police have to respond. From what's in the video it seems the cop did his job properly. If I'm going to complain about anyone it's the caller.
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