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Pro-life activist Abby Johnson said police would be ‘smart’ to racially profile her brown-skinned adopted son

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson, who is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, said in a now-deleted June video that police would be “smart” to racially profile her son because of his brown skin, according to Vice News.

Johnson posted the video in June, not long after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May kicked off a series of nationwide race riots.

What did she say?

Johnson said she would be fine with police officers treating her minority son differently than her white sons because of crime and prison statistics.

“Statistically, I look at our prison population and I see that there is a disproportionately high number of African-American males in our prison population for crimes, particularly for violent crimes,” Johnson said. “So statistically, when a police officer sees a brown man like Jude walking down the road—as opposed to my white nerdy kids, my white nerdy men walking down the road—because of the statistics he knows in his head, that these police officers know in their head, they’re going to know that statistically my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.”

“So the fact that in his head, he would be more careful around my brown son than my white son, that doesn’t actually make me angry,” Johnson continued. “That makes the police officer smart, because of statistics.”


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This writer’s perspective

Johnson said later in the video that she would not approve of police being more violent toward her biracial son because of his skin color, but the distinction doesn’t acknowledge the reality that if a police officer views someone as inherently more threatening, there’s a good chance they might react to that person more aggressively.

The very racial profiling Johnson advocates for in the videos leads to the statistic she uses to justify it; police view minorities as inherently criminal, leading to more confrontations, more arrests, and more incarceration for nonviolent crimes such as marijuana possession. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s stance on stop-and-frisk is an example of how profiling plays out in a community.

Much of the racial unrest in the U.S. right now is based on the belief, whether through perception or lived experience, that police officers treat minorities worse than white people simply due to the color of their skin, which can lead to seemingly routine interactions between police and minorities ending in violence.

Research shows that most black people don’t feel confident that they’ll be treated well by police officers, which can lead them to be more antagonistic toward police presence in their communities. That will only get worse if the officers who police those communities approach the job with racial prejudice.

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Arrests Aurora police Crime Gilliams family Intelwars Racial Profiling

Police draw guns on black family, force children to lie face down on the ground during mistaken traffic stop. Now the city says it’s willing to pay for therapy for kids.

Police have issued an apology after accosting a family with young children in a case of mistaken identity.

What are the details?

The incident took place Sunday morning in Aurora, Colorado, according to
KUSA-TV.

Members of the Gilliam family packed into their family SUV for a trip to a nearby nail salon when police stopped them, believing that the vehicle was stolen.

A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department said that the vehicle matched the license plate number and a description that they were provided in reference to a stolen vehicle. The vehicle in question had, indeed, been stolen back in February, but it had been recovered and handed back to the Gilliam family a day after being reported stolen.

Police approached the family, which had pulled into a parking lot to see if a nail salon was open, with their guns drawn.

Officers ordered an adult out of the vehicle, and began questioning them, while another officer handcuffed the two older children.

The officer then ordered all four children, ages 6-17, to lie facedown in the parking lot next to the car.

Brittney Gilliam, the driver of the vehicle, told KUSA-TV that she and her daughter, nieces, and younger sister were headed to the salon when they realized it was closed.

Gilliam said that officers approached the vehicle with their weapons drawn, which immediately stoked fear in the family.

“He’s like, something about the car being reported stolen,” she recalled. “And I’m like ‘This happened months ago, you guys cleared it, we got to pick up the car the next day, the very next day, so I’m not understanding what’s going on.”

She added, “There’s no excuse why you didn’t handle it a different type of way. You could have even told [the kids] ‘Step off to the side, let me ask your mom or your auntie a few questions so we can get this cleared up.’ There was different ways to handle it.”

When officers realized the mistake, officers removed handcuffs from the family and issued an apology.

The family, still shaken, demanded to make a complaint over the frightening incident.

The Aurora Police Department is opening an investigation into the incident.

In a statement, the department said, “The Aurora Police Department understands that this is concerning and traumatic for those involved and we again offer our apologies. In a high-risk stop, weapons are drawn, and occupants are told to exit the car and lie prone on the ground. There is not a written policy regarding when/how we use this stop. Officers can use discretion based on the information they have at the time.”

On Monday night, Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson said that the officers are able to deviate from the practice when they see fit.

“We have been training our officers that when they contact a suspected stolen car, they should do what is a called a high-risk stop,” she said. “But we must allow our officers to have discretion and to deviate from this process when different scenarios present themselves. I have already directed my team to look at new practices and training.”

She also said that she phoned the Gilliam family to personally apologize, and promised that the city would cover the cost of any age-appropriate therapy the children might need in connection with the incident.

David Lane, an attorney, is representing the Gilliam family.

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Oregon county issues directive for everyone to wear face masks — except ‘people of color’ who are worried about racial profiling

The debate over the effectiveness of masks and whether the government should be forcing people to wear them has raged for weeks. The extremes on the two sides are either sure that non-mask wearers are going to kill everybody’s grandma or that the masks are a tool government control aimed to curb every freedom in ‘Merica.

One Oregon county, apparently not content with the standard screaming matches over requiring face masks, decided to officially insert another divisive topic into the debate: race.

What did they do?

Lincoln County, which is on Oregon’s north-central coastline, declared last week that everyone has to wear a mask — except non-white people who are nervous about being harassed because they’re wearing a face mask.

The directive, dated June 16, from the Lincoln County Public Health Administrator and Lincoln County Health Officer orders “all individuals” in the county to wear masks at all indoor public settings and any outdoor public settings where they can’t keep at least six feet from other people not from their household.

The directive makes the usual exceptions for children and people with health conditions or disabilities. And then it adds one more exception: “People of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.”

Why the exception?

A CNN report from April offers some help: Many black leaders and ordinary citizens are concerned about possible racial profiling when it comes to wearing masks.

Ohio State University professor Trevon Logan told CNN, “We have a lot of examples of the presumed criminality of black men in general. And then we have the advice to go out in public in something that … can certainly be read as being criminal or nefarious, particularly when applied to black men.”

“[Wearing a homemade mask] seems like a reasonable response unless you just sort of take American society out of it. When you can’t do that, you’re basically telling people to look dangerous given racial stereotypes that are out there,” Logan added. “This is in the larger context of black men fitting the description of a suspect who has a hood on, who has a face covering on. It looks like almost every criminal sketch of any garden-variety black suspect.”

The American Civil Liberties Union is also concerned. After the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance on masks along with a video of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who is black, showing how to make a mask out of a bandana, shirt, or scarf, the ACLU said the government isn’t taking minorities into account with its guidance.

ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young said the CDC’s information and video on masks is nothing more than “racial insensitivity.”

ReNika Moore, who heads up the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program said, “For many black people, deciding whether or not to wear a bandana in public to protect themselves and others from contracting coronavirus is a lose-lose situation that can result in life-threatening consequences either way,” CNN reported.

“Not wearing a protective bandana goes against CDC recommendations and increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, but wearing one could mean putting their lives at risk of getting shot or killed because of racially-biased targeting,” she added.

After complaints from minority groups rolled in, Dr. Adams sent a statement to CNN, saying:

Health equity, and the complex interactions between race and health, have always been an area of emphasis for my office. I understand the concerns communities of color would have about being racially profiled, and am working with the NAACP, the NMA, and other organizations representing people of color to ensure no one is unduly harmed by COVID-19, or our response to it.”

Is the mask order enforceable?

For Lincoln County, this may all be a rhetorical exercise anyway — one that has appeared to only exacerbate the mask fight.

Near the end of the directive, the county officials say the “directive is self-executing” and that there will be no repercussions for not following the order to wear masks.

It is designed simply to “induce voluntary compliance” and notes that “no person shall intimidate or harass individuals who do not comply.”

(H/T: New York Post)

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Allie's donuts Black Lives Matter Donut shop Intelwars Police Racial Profiling Racism accusation Rhode Island watch

‘Fed up’ donut shop cancels police, military discount after alleged racial profiling incident: ‘Shame on you for your silence’

A Rhode Island donut shop posted a scathing social media message Saturday evening, blasting Providence police after a city firefighter alleged two officers racially profiled him June 3, WPRI-TV reported.

What did the message say?

“A note to the officer who profiled the Providence firefighter the other night: That is an example of terrible job performance,” the Instagram story from Allie’s Donuts said. “If you were an athlete, you’d be cut from your team. If you were our employee, we would fire you immediately. But, you are a police officer. And despite being the ones responsible for protecting the law, you may be considered ‘above it’ & face ZERO consequences for your mistakes.”

Another post from the North Kingstown shop added, “We’re fed up. Until local police takes action to solve problems with racism & injustice, Allie’s Donuts will choose to stand with the people of our great state. We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”

What happened next?

The North Kingstown Police Department called the posts from Allie’s Donuts “divisive.”

“We certainly do not need nor want a discount, however this message of targeting (removed hate) your police and fire departments, your local military, and your veterans is distasteful,” the police department’s post added . “Let’s start talking about how to lift UP our community and not tear it down; police themselves aren’t the problem — racism is the problem.”

In addition, some people said they’re boycotting the business to support law enforcement and military members, WJAR-TV reported.


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Not everyone feels that way, though

But on Sunday morning a long line of customers — some holding “Black Lives Matters” and “End Police Brutality” signs — stretched around Allie’s Donuts and back into the parking lot, WPRI-TV reported.

Singing a different tune

Allie’s owner and operator, Matt Drescher — whose family has run the shop for three generations — seemed to sing a slightly different tune the following day, telling WPRI that “hopefully we will not lose customers over our willingness to speak up. We respect the military for their sacrifice, and their duty. We love every policeman, every fireman, every nurse, every National Guard member, every Naval recruit and officer and all of the men and women in the Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, and armed forces.”

Drescher also took to Instagram and recorded a video reacting to the outpouring of support the shop received — selling out of donuts by 1 p.m. Sunday — and then admitting he erred with his initial social media posts.

Encouraging folks to not give in to the temptation to “insult people” and “make them feel like someone wants to be their enemy,” he said his initial “message didn’t really convey my intention. I just wanted to take away a privilege from people so that we could all be equal.”

Drescher also encouraged people to start a conversation, WJAR-TV reported.

“People in power. People with influence. Let’s discuss how to fix things. Let’s acknowledge that they need to be fixed and not ignore it and not pass blame back and forth and say, ‘What about you and what about me and what about that and why would you ignore this?’ No, something is wrong. Let’s fix it,” Drescher said, according to the station.

Anything else?

As for the racial profiling claim, WPRI said the city is investigating, but the police union vehemently disputes it.

More from WJAR:

Providence firefighter Terrell Paci told NBC 10 News he became the victim of racial profiling while in uniform this week outside of the Messer Street fire station, where he works. He said police drew their guns and claimed Paci matched the description of a suspect reportedly seen waving a gun nearby.

The Providence Fraternal Order of Police denied the allegations Saturday and said a witness told police they believed the car Paci was in contained the suspects.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza called the allegations “deeply disturbing,” that station added.


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