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Brickbat: I Don't Want to Cause No Fuss


Rochester, New York, police arrested three high school baskteball players for waiting for a school bus. The team was waiting on the sidewalk for the bus to take them to a scrimmage. An officer accused them of blocking foot traffic and ordered them to disperse. When some of them tried to explain they were just waiting for a bus that should arrive shortly he arrested them for disorderly conduct. Their coach arrived as they were being handcuffed, and when he asked they be released, cops threatened to arrest him, too.

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  1. "He goes on to say, 'If you don't disperse, you're going to get booked as well,'" Scott said. "I said, 'Sir, I'm the adult. I'm their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?'"

    Scott said a sergeant showed up and backed up his officer.

    "One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown," Scott said.

    If they had a big enough paddy wagon, the entire world would be taken downtown.

    1. "One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown," Scott said.

      My answer, waving magic hands over the steering wheel, "BY ALL MEANS! I hereby temporarily deputize this bus. OK, officer, lead the way."

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  3. words seriously don't exist to example this.

  4. Freedom means doing what you are told.

  5. I don't usually play this game but I will guess white cop and black kids.

    Btw, this is the logical extension of "stop and frisk", which is: I am police, you look suspicious, forfeit all rights.

    1. Three youths -- Raliek, Wan'Tauhjs, and Daequon -- were quoted in the article, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're at least half right.

      I'm going to guess that the cop envisioned himself as breaking up some pretty dangerous gang activity, then refused to be humiliated by admitting he was wrong.

      1. I'm confused. A cop being wrong ? That's unpossible. Hence the all purpose Failure to Obey a Legal Order. If a cop gives an order, it's legal.

      2. Three youths -- Raliek, Wan'Tauhjs, and Daequon -- were quoted in the article,

        My goodness! Those are the real names used in the article.

        (Are the three people in the photo above the three people quoted in the article?)

    2. This is also Rochester, NY; not NYC.

  6. text book example of why every cop shold be strapped with a camera

    1. Give this man a bubblegum cigar!

      Why wouldn't they want to, unless they're doing something wrong?

  7. It looks like they made the alt-text disperse, too. 🙁

    1. Alt-texting while black is not a crime!

  8. "We didn't do nothing," said Raliek Redd. "We was just trying to go to our scrimmage."

    "We was just waiting for our bus and he started arrested us," said Wan'Tauhjs Weathers.

    "You just downtown, minding your own business, and next thing you know, anything can happen," said Daequon Carelock.

    This'll sound snarky, but is a serious question: Is it possible the cop didn't understand these guys' Ebonics and thought they were dissing him?

    1. I am pretty sure he caught the gist of it - they were waiting for a bus.

      1. "They mumbled something that sounded like 'We be waitin' fo dah mofukin' bus aks you gotta problem wit dat!".

      2. They were waiting for a bus while black.

    2. Oh, stewardess, I speak jive.

      1. Good reference, but the courtroom interpreter was better.

    3. "We didn't do nothing," said Raliek Redd.

      Clearly he's confessing to a crime here. STOP RESISTING!!

      1. Well, obviously. He said he didn't do nothing. So if you aren't doing nothing, you are doing something. The original statement refers to illegal activities. Therefore, he was doing something and it was illegal.


      2. "Yeah, you got rights. Sometimes, I like to stay up late at night, counting them just to make myself crazy. And you know what? THE DOUBLE-NEGATIVE ISN'T ONE OF THOSE RIGHTS."

  9. Sheesh now we have busing while black?

  10. A black US Attorney General should fix all of this crap. Oh wait...

  11. Cameras on Police and a Civilian review board should resolve this.

    All legal contacts should be recorded.
    And, these should be available for review for a review board (not appointed by the police or a politicial) made of just like a Jury.

    This board should have the power to bring up charges and fire public officials for misconduct, abuse, corruption, and criminal activity.

    1. All individuals must recieve a copy of the footage of any encounter with police within 48 hours, if requested. If the footage is not produced within 48 hours the individual must be released (if detained), all charges resulting from the encounter must be dropped and all property seized during the encounter must be returned. Compensation must be made for any damage done to the individual or his property during the encounter.

  12. I've always said there's no such thing as peak stupid, but now I really hope we're getting there.

    1. Have you seen North Korea or Venezuela lately? We are nowhere near peak stupid.

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