D’Paris Williams is 21-years-old. He’s employed, attends classes at City Colleges of San Francisco and is interested in photography. On Friday, he became the latest victim of physical assault and racial profiling by police.
Photographer and friend of Williams Travis Jensen, was the first to break news of what happened.
“Yesterday afternoon, while riding his bicycle home from the Make A Wish Foundation’s “Bat Kid” happenings, DJ was confronted by two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle at the Valencia Gardens Apartments in the City’s Mission District. Apparently, the officers said something to DJ about riding his bicycle on the sidewalk as he was pulling up to his home in the complex. It is unclear whether the officers identified themselves or not, but did proceed to get out of their car, grab DJ from behind as he was entering the home and beat him for no apparent reason. A police search uncovered a cupcake and juice that DJ had just purchased from the corner store.
Furthermore, three residents came to DJ’s aid when they saw officers beating him up, only to find themselves also under attack by officers. By this time, uniformed backup had arrived on the scene. Including DJ, a total of four individuals were beaten and arrested by officers.”
DJ was immediately taken to S.F. General Hospital for treatment, and then to the police station. All charges filed against DJ have been dropped. A video surveillance camera captured footage of his confrontation with police, but has not been released yet. Video footage captured from what appears to be a mobile phone of the incident’s aftermath can be viewed below:
Yet another instance of those meant to serve and protect racially profiling.
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