Cops keep pulling him over, and their reasons are increasingly bizarre

Shortly after our story aired on how police put LA resident Daniel Alvarez in handcuffs for a bogus traffic violation, he was pulled over again for allegedly switching lanes without signaling. In this episode of PAR, we explore the continued use of questionable traffic stops to harass people like Daniel, and what these troubling tactics say about the state of American policing across the country.

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Officer Costs The City $75,000 Over Racial Profiling

  • A look into the officer’s past stops show that he disproportionately targeted blacks. (see video)

 

  • These 2 handled that perfectly…. That officer was definitely reaching for absolutely anything he could charge them on although they did absolutely nothing illegal and there was no real reason for the traffic stop to begin with…. This was absolutely a case of a racist officer profiling these 2 innocent citizens
  • This cop really made up that they stole the car, smoked weed in it, and had a gun all at once….
  • I’m amazed the young men handled it so well without showing anger. I was pissed just watching the blatant injustice. I’m sorry they had to deal with that crap.

 

  • The passenger is my Son. It’s unfortunate that in the 21st century, we’re still dealing with this. Know your rights, remain silent. This was a horrible experience for both of these 2 young men that weren’t the criminals in this incident. Even more unfortunate is our Son is on his 2nd lawsuit against the DMPD. They love to intrap our young Black men here in Des Moines. I’m praying he wins that one too. I say speed of the leader speed of the group, if that tells you anything about the Police Chief, that refuses to meet with certain members of the Black community with I find deplorable.
  • The fact that this cop knows how to manipulate his body cam and mic in such a subtle and subversive way speaks volumes…
  • “your buddy is giving me the idea he has a gun” jesus christ this cop is dangerous

 

  • I think your buddy has a gun, so I’m going to leave my partner alone with him.” – This officer’s logic

 

  • “Is this your car?” “It’s a rental” “Cool, cool, but is it your car?” “It’s a rental” “Ah, gotcha, but is it your car?”

 

  • I’m a lawyer. I’m incredibly impressed with the many videos you have made. In this one, you calmly and rationally demonstrate that the only reason for this stop was racial profiling. You are performing a great service. I’m happy to see so many thousands of comments on your videos. You are making a positive impact on our society.
  • Body cam has got to be the best thing that happened in the last few years. I can only imagine the dirty stuff police officers got away with before that
  • “What were you doing at the park?” “Just hanging out.” “Was that it?” “Well what else are you supposed to do at the park?” Haha this kid is awesome. Always respectful, always honest.
  • Let’s forget this officer, can we talk about how well this kid handled him? He did it almost perfectly. Well done kid, this is a great example.
  • “Your heart is thumping dude.” Yeah “dude” because you’re a white cop harassing two young black men who know they are completely at your mercy.
  • That victim was more polite and mature than that officer could ever hope to be.
  • Why this cop wasn’t fired is exactly what’s wrong with the system.
  • The detained citizen did a great job! He remained professional, calm, and de-escalated the situation while calming down the police officer.
  • Gotta love the whole “your heart is pounding…why is that” crap. “Uh, bc I just got pulled out of my car, handcuffed, and the officer keeps saying we have a gun, when we don’t.” He’s afraid he’s going to, at best, be arrested for nothing and, at worst, be shot.
  • I feel so much safer as a black man knowing these cops are out there “protecting” us.
  • When he handed the cop the key to innocently explain how it turns on and the cop puts it on the roof, you can see in his eyes he knows the cop is trying shit
  • That “police man” is a perfect example of what we don’t want in our police, an a extreme example of why pot is legal in more and more places, money, these “public servers” belong in prison
  • That cop is dangerously manipulative. he should have NO positions of authority.
  • What really gets me is these cops know they have on body cameras everything’s being taped and they still are under the impression that everything they’re doing is okay
  • The scariest part of this video is where he wants to get this kid to admit to something that he didn’t do JUST to cover his own tracks. Good job not giving him the satisfaction little bro….
  • Guy walks up to the car and has already decided there’s a gun, marijuana, and that it’s stolen… Yeah definitely no racial profiling going on here.
  • Black guy: doing exactly what the cop is asking him to do Cop: “I dont know why you’re doing that but you need to knock it off.”
2:35 , that eyeroll is a mood. This citizen 100% deserved that money just over that disrespect alone.
  • This actually made me feel scared for that young man. The audacity of the cop…the immediate false assumption about the friend having a gun, then that power tripping he was doing as he made the young man get out of his car…this harassment from the cop could have gone so badly
  • “Stop flexing, stop doing that”, when the camera is filming him standing perfectly still. Does he think it will change the footage by saying what he wants to happen?
  • You can obviously see that the guy isn’t resisting at all when the officer cuffs him, yet the officer says “why are you pulling, man?” So it makes it seem like he was resisting. Corrupt cops smh
  •  @teiasoserevi  Officers say that BS on camera so they can use it in court later. 100% Facts
  • And a lot of the time police think its ok to shoot because they suspect the person is “resisting”
  • This guy needs to be fired. He’s wayyyyy too scared to be a cop.
  • I just want to thank you for making a channel like this one. This happens to my brothers all the time. Thanks for sharing this. I am learning so much from this channel.
  • This cop is just saying stuff like “stop pulling”, “what are you doing?” JUST so he can have it on record that the kid MAY have resisted in case he wants to escalate the situation at any point. This stop was pure harassment and an attempt to ensnare these two kids.
  • “You not under arrest” says as he puts handcuffs on and pulls his pants off. Is this legal?!
  • It bugs me how they justify fear when they have guns, and imply their afraid of the people they harass.
  • I’m honestly so glad I live in Europe, I’ve seen countless situations like these in the states and sadly not all of them end well. I know if I was in the situation this dude was in I would have been nowhere near as calm and tolerant to the cop’s bullshit. Props to the guy tho for keeping his cool I couldn’t have done the same.
  • It’s sad that DWB is actually a thing. These kinds of cops need to be rooted out if there is to be any kind of real improvement in the relationship between citizens and the police.
  • The abuse of authority and the arbitrary arrest is flagrant. That is to say that suspect or not, he had already decided to arrest him.
  • This went from stolen car, shake on the ground, to a gun in the car. Like the level of escalation. I am glad they are still alive.
  • I’m so glad a law was just passed in philly to stop police from making traffic stops like this one, hopefully it spreads across the country

 

Colonialism Made the Modern World. Let’s Remake It.

This is what real “decolonization” should look like.

“Decolonize this place!” “Decolonize the university!” “Decolonize the museum!”

In the past few years, decolonization has gained new political currency — inside the borders of the old colonial powers. Indigenous movements have reclaimed the mantle of “decolonization” in protests like those at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline. Students from South Africa to Britain have marched under its banner to challenge Eurocentric curriculums. Museums such as the Natural History Museum in New York and the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Brussels have been compelled to confront their representation of colonized African and Indigenous peoples.

But what is “decolonization?” What the word means and what it requires have been contested for a century.

After World War I, European colonial administrators viewed decolonization as the process in which they would allow their imperial charges to graduate to independence by modeling themselves on European states. But in the mid-20th century, anticolonial activists and intellectuals demanded immediate independence and refused to model their societies on the terms set by imperialists. Between 1945 and 1975, as struggles for independence were won in Africa and Asia, United Nations membership grew from 51 to 144 countries. In that period, decolonization was primarily political and economic.

As more colonies gained independence, however, cultural decolonization became more significant. European political and economic domination coincided with a Eurocentrism that valorized European civilization as the apex of human achievement. Indigenous cultural traditions and systems of knowledge were denigrated as backward and uncivilized. The colonized were treated as people without history. The struggle against this has been especially central in settler colonies in which the displacement of Indigenous institutions was most violent.

South Africa, where a reckoning with the persistence of the settler regime has gripped national politics, reignited the latest calls for decolonization in 2015 with the #RhodesMustFall movement. Students at the University of Cape Town targeted the statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, but saw its removal as only the opening act in a wider struggle to bring white supremacy to an end. Under the banners of “more than a statue” and “decolonize the university,” students called for social and economic transformation to undo the racial hierarchies that persist in post-apartheid South Africa, free university tuition and an Africa-centered curriculum.

Now, partly riding the global surge of Black Lives Matter mobilizations, calls for decolonization have swept Europe’s former imperial metropoles. In Bristol, England, last month, protesters tore down the statue of Edward Colston, the director of the Royal African Company, which dominated the African slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Across Belgium, protesters have focused on statues of King Leopold II, who ruled the Congo Free State (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) as his personal property from 1885 to 1908. King Phillipe II of Belgium recently expressed “regret” for his ancestor’s brutal regime, which caused the death of 10 million people.

Colonialism, the protesters insist, did not just shape the global south. It made Europe and the modern world. Profits from the slave trade fueled the rise of port cities like Bristol, Liverpool and London while the Atlantic economy that slavery created helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution. King Leopold amassed a fortune of well over $1.1 billion in today’s dollars from Congo. His vision of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, which opened in 1910 soon after his death, reproduced a narrative of African backwardness while obscuring the violent exploitation of the Congolese.

By tearing down or defacing these statues, protesters burst open the national narrative and force a confrontation with the history of empire. This is a decolonization of the sensory world, the illusion that empire was somewhere else.

Laying a flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the statue of King Leopold or hauling the Colston statue into the sea, where thousands of enslaved women and men lost their lives, tears apart the blinders and boundaries between past and present, metropole and colony. Insisting on the presence of the past, the protests reveal Europe’s romance with itself, unmasking its political and economic achievements as the product of enslavement and colonial exploitation.

This historical reckoning is only the first step. Acknowledging that colonial history shapes the current inequalities and hierarchies that structure the world sets the stage for the next one: reparations and restitution.

Reparations is not a single act. The Caribbean Community has already demanded reparations for slavery and Indigenous genocide from Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Although there is little movement at the level of states, the University of Glasgow agreed last year to pay 20 million pounds (about $25 million) for development research with the University of the West Indies in recognition of how the university benefited from the profits of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

The Herero of Namibia, who suffered the 20th century’s first genocide at the hands of Germany, have also called for redress. Their efforts follow the successful bid for reparations by the Mau Mau of Kenya, many of whom were tortured during Britain’s brutal suppression of their independence movement in the mid-20th century. In other contexts, activists have focused on the return of the looted artifacts that fill Europe’s great museums. France, for instance, has committed to returning 26 stolen artworks to Benin.

But reparations should not focus only on the former colonies and their relations with European states. Colonialism lives on inside Europe’s borders, and Europe itself must be decolonized. Black Europeans experience discrimination in employment and education, are racially profiled and are subject to racist violence at the hands of the police and fellow citizens.

The European Union recently avowed that “Black lives matter,” but its policies deprive Black people of equal rights, imprison them in camps and drown them in the Mediterranean. Overseas imperialism was once believed to be a political necessity for European states; today, anti-immigrant politics plays the same role. In either case, European policymakers disavow responsibility for the misery they bring about.

Repair and redress is owed as much to Black Europeans as it is to former colonial states. It would mean treating Black Europeans, and all migrants from the colonized world, as equal participants in European society. And this form of reparation cannot be perceived as one-off transactions. Instead, it must be the basis of building an inclusive and egalitarian Europe.

This is no easy task and will not happen overnight. But we should remember that just 80 years ago, colonial rule appeared to be a stable and almost permanent feature of international politics. In just three decades, anticolonial nationalists had transformed the world’s map.

The struggle for racial equality in Europe is a fight for a truly postcolonial condition, and its creation is implied by each dethroned statue. If colonialism made the modern world, decolonization cannot be complete until the world — including Europe — is remade.

Joe Arpaio (Wikipedia)

As of September, 2015, cases involving Arpaio or his office have cost Maricopa County taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements, and court awards.[2]

.. Arpaio has, throughout his tenure as sheriff, sought out media coverage. He has been featured and profiled by worldwide news media, and claims to average 200 television appearances per month.[27]

.. In March 2015, a month before the scheduled contempt hearing, Arpaio admitted that he violated several court orders, and consented to a finding of civil contempt against him

.. Arpaio asked the Ninth Circuit to remove Judge Snow from the case.[177] On September 15, 2015, the Ninth Circuit denied Arpaio’s request to remove Judge Snow, as well as Arpaio’s related request to halt the lower court’s proceedings.

.. In the report, a Justice Department expert concluded that Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history.[188]

.. The complaint included accusations that Arpaio and his staff forced women to sleep in their own menstrual blood, assaulted pregnant women, ignored rape, and criminalized being a Latino.[190]

.. On March 1, 2012, Arpaio and members of his Cold Case Posse held a news conference announcing their contention that President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate, released by the White House on April 27, 2011,[196] is a computer-generated forgery.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio suffers another defeat in profiling case

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow on Friday ordered another judge to rule on whether Joe Arpaio, the Republican sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, and a deputy should be held in criminal contempt of court for repeatedly ignoring court orders to stop racially profiling Latinos.

.. Two years later, Snow found that Arpaio had intentionally flouted his order, citing the sheriff’s own public comments, such as a 2012 interview with Fox News in which he declared, “I’m not stopping anything” and said he was “not going to bend to the federal government.”

.. Arpaio’s opponent in the Aug. 30 Republican primary is Dan Saban, a former local police chief who ran against him in 2004 and 2008. During their 2004 race, Arpaio opened an investigation into Saban for allegedly raping his own adoptive mother decades earlier. The case was dropped, and Saban sued Arpaio unsuccessfully for defamation.

.. In June, Penzone likewise threatened to sue Arpaio if he recycled ads from their 2012 contest, when the sheriff accused him of beating his ex-wife.