Not trying to say happened was right (or wrong) i just dont understand why its a racial issue. Did the police say something racist, do they have a history?
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I think the thing that makes people classify things of this nature as being racist is the assumption that had the victim been white, the outcome would be different. It's also because of racial profiling that, though it's denied as being used, tends to lead a certain ethnicity to be targeted. I know that it's not exactly the same, but there are times I travel downtown that I get pulled over for silly things like a tag light being out. I get pulled over because when my plates are run, the county I live in shows up, there's a huge heroin problem in my county and people travel into the city to buy it. So, white chick from certain county driving downtown equals drug purchaser. But this is where the similarity ends. People would say that the officer (s) approaching me in my vehicle have a completely different attitude than if I wasn't white. It's likely to be true.
Although I've only been in trouble with the law once, I still have a respect for officers born out of fear. Once I see the lights and I'm pulled over, my hands stay on top of my steering wheel in the officers sight until he asks for my license and registration. Before I reach for them, I tell him of the knife on my hip, explain where the items are and then retrieve them. After I give them to the officer, my hands go back to the steering wheel and remain there until my id and registration are handed back. It sounds ridiculous, but it gives the officer one less thing to worry about. I always address them with manners and respect, because their job is terribly difficult. There are those who abuse their power, but it's not every single cop you come in contact with. And because an officer doesn't know me from anyone else, they have to be cautious and stern.1