Boston Police Arrested Black Man Whereas Chasing White Man, Lawsuit Says

Donovan Johnson Boston

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Apparently, a Boston police officer couldn’t even chase down a white suspect with out racially profiling a Black man—think about that.

Meet 20-year-old Donovan Johnson.

In response to the Related Press, Johnson was minutes away from residence after leaving work in February 2021 when a white officer ran as much as him, drew his gun, and threw him face first on the bottom, which was lined in snow, based on a lawsuit filed in opposition to the city of Arlington, Massachusetts, and three of its officers. The officers, by the way in which, had been chasing a white suspect on the time.

From AP:

Police had been initially known as to an Arlington lodge a few man seen there who the workers believed was beforehand concerned within the theft of televisions, the lawsuit says. The white man was “identified to police” for “prior legal acts” and when officers arrived on the lodge, officer Steven Conroy confirmed a photograph of the person to the entrance desk clerk, who mentioned it gave the impression to be the identical individual.

Police went to the room to research, however the man escaped and so they started to chase him, based on the lawsuit. Johnson, who was virtually to his Somerville residence, noticed the person jog previous him earlier than Conroy approached and yelled at each males to “get the (expletive) on the ground.”

The white suspect obtained on his knees, however Johnson stayed standing, the lawsuit says. After that, Johnson says Conroy drew his gun, threw him to the bottom, and pinned him down with a knee on his neck.

Johnson seemingly remained standing as a result ofoh, I don’t know—he was simply strolling residence and knew he had nothing to do with why the cops had been there. The true query is: Do cops simply have default settings that trigger them to pounce on the primary Black individual in sight as soon as they’re in motion? I imply, based on the go well with, the cops actually had a photograph of a white man. They had been chasing a white man. Conroy noticed the white man he was chasing, however there was additionally a random Black man on the general public avenue so, hey, would possibly as properly violate his civil rights whereas he’s there, amirite?

The lawsuit additionally alleges that Conroy positioned his knee on Johnson’s neck and Johnson yelled “I can’t breathe!”(Sound acquainted?)

And naturally, the officer allegedly ignored Johnson’s cries and “continued to pin Mr. Johnson to the bottom together with his knee,” whereas the white suspect “was left unattended,” the go well with says.

After Johnson was taken to the bottom, one other officer pulled up acknowledged the white man, and put him in handcuffs. That officer allegedly advised the primary cop he didn’t acknowledge Johnson. Nonetheless, a 3rd cop arrived and “instantly jumped on” Johnson to assist Conroy maintain him down, based on the grievance. Johnson was ultimately launched on the lodge after workers members additionally advised the cops they didn’t acknowledge him.

“All individuals ought to really feel protected in their very own communities,” Mirian Albert, one of many attorneys representing Johnson, mentioned in a press release. “Mr. Johnson’s rights had been violated inside view of his residence and that is precisely the kind of police misconduct that fuels the distrust between communities of colour and regulation enforcement.”

The lawsuit additionally states that “nothing within the investigation indicated that there was a couple of male suspect concerned.” So, once more, why was Johnson even focused?

I imply, we already know the seemingly reply to that. Our pores and skin by no means actually stops being a magnet for police aggression and violence.


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