For The ‘Safety of the officers and of the individuals’, Black Teens Detained And Handcuffed for Selling Water
U.S. Park Police managed to capture and handcuff 3 teenagers responsible for selling water to thirsty people on a hot day. Park police said it was for the “safety of the officers and of the individuals.”
A photo showing three African-American teens being handcuffed at the National Mall for selling water on a hot day has caused outrage across the country.
WJLA reported that a Washington, D.C., City Council member wrote to the head of the agency demanding answers about the incident.
“My kids sell water and everyone smiles at them. These kids do it and get arrested. It IS racist,” said tour guide Tim Krepp wrote. “God forbid the actual free market be allowed on our National Mall.”
Krepp also noted “There’s obviously a racial disparity in how they are treating these young men and other vendors that we see on the mall.”
Council Member Charles Allen was quick to realize the racist environment created by law enforcement.
“I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand on the same spot. While still the same violation of selling a beverage without proper permits and licences, I doubt we would have seen little girls in pigtails handcuffed on the ground,” Allen wrote.
The U.S. Park Police issued a response Friday saying the four individuals (three teens and one adult) were detained by the Park Police officers for “illegally vending on the National Mall in the area of 12th Street and Jefferson Drive, Northwest.”
The adult was not actually involved, and the three teens, one 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, were released to the custody of their legal guardians, along with their “contraband”.
There was no legitimate reason for the teens to be cuffed and humiliated at the Mall.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)