Warning to all black children in America: Don’t stare at the police. If you do, you’ll get slammed on the floor and choked by a 200lb + officer.
From the Miami New Times:
Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn’t threaten police. He didn’t attack them. He wasn’t armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few “dehumanizing stares,” and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold.
During Memorial Day weekend, McMillian was rough-housing with another teenager on the sand. Police approached the teen on an ATV and told him that wasn’t acceptable behavior. They asked him where his parents were, but MicMillian attempted to walk away. The officer jumped off the ATV, and tried to physically restrain the teen.
The video footage of the arrest, is, for lack of a better word, disgusting:
According to the Miami-Dade Police, McMillian tried to pull away, which apparently constituted a “threat.” The teenager was charged with a felony count of resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct.
Obviously there is going to be an investigation, but the evidence against the Miami-Dade Police is, well, pretty goddamn obvious.
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