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‘Just plain wrong’


12-year-old Tashawn Bernard is a victim of racial profiling. The Lansing Police Department made a very wrong mistake by not investigating deeper into the arrest detaining Tashawn. They should have asked for identification, or if that could not be provided, asked where he was coming from. Then they would have realized that he was the completely wrong person. Also, it has been reported that the color of his shirt was not the same color of the suspect  that the Lansing Police were looking for.

These kind of actions from police give people high negative tension. The wrong place at the wrong time is not the answer. It is terrible that just doing chores outside your home in our current society can turn into a stressful situation if you’re of color in some scenarios. Just because police see someone Black does not mean they are the person of interest they are trying to arrest literally in this situation.

To be so young and having to go through this situation was problematic and should be a real wake-up call for police officers throughout America to come to a realization of what they are doing is unacceptable, extremely controversial and just plain wrong.

Alim Howell


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