It is dangerous to be black in America. Many of us can’t even walk down the street without getting racially profiled.
If you’re a black man, the chances of you being blamed for a crime are magnified. Your Black World compiled a list called “10 Times a White Person Blamed Their Crime on a Phantom Black Person.”
The list shows that this phantom blaming isn’t limited to isolated incidents, but worldwide issue that plagues the black community.
Clayton County Police officer Christopher Russo – Georgia – 2014
Clayton County Police Officer Christopher Russo claimed he walked in on a burglary in progress. The Officer who lived in McDonough, Georgia stated to McDonough Police that he had been ambushed off duty, bea†en, peppered sprayed and was also sl¡ced with a knife. Russo also provided investigators with a description of two suspects who “sounded” like they may have been black males, though he did not get a good look. After investigating Officer Russo’s allegations, things did not add up, according to detectives, who said Russo’s statements were inconsistent. Officer Russo ultimately confessed making the story up to an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, which assisted with the investigation.
Officer Russo was also involved in two on-duty shoot¡ngs in 2013 and had also been previously named Officer of the year.
Kolby Clark – Washington – 2012
Jasmyn Tully, a teenager at Burien’s Highline High School from Tukwila, Washington had been smoking a synthetic drug called “spice” and had fallen asleep in a friend’s apartment. Kolby Clark, Ms. Tully’s friend, a 17 year old white male, decided to strangle Tully while she was sleeping but his attempts were unsuccessful and he began ståbbing her in the neck where she later d¡ed from her wounds. He stated to police while he was in such a “drugged induced” state that he had an urge to hur† someone.
After he mµrdered Ms. Tully he proceeded to cµt his wrists to cover up the crime and blamed the incident on an “unknown black male”.
This type of behavior further promotes the notion that the black man is a person who should be feared and treated like a criminal.
Shortly after the Michael Dunn verdict, black Twitter launched the #DangerousBlackKids hashtag in response to the way the world views black youth.
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