Monday, March 30, 2009

The Police

I know that this is all the heck over the blogosphere and already old news but it's something I think all white parents of a black child should see. The short version is that a police officer detains and harasses a black man, Ryan Moats, who committed a minor moving violation as he rushed to the hospital to be at the bedside of his dying mother-in-law. It was all caught on video, and it's truly appalling--I mean makes-you-want-to-throw-up appalling. And heartbreaking, too, especially when Moats cedes his outrage and puts on a respectful voice to repeat "yes, sir" over and over as the police officer lords it over him. Why would you want to do that to another person? Why?

Edited to add: An interview with Moats and his wife is here, and well worth wathcing. Apparently, the officer actually pointed a gun at Moats' wife as she hurried toward the hospital entrance. Nice guy.

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