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How Black Women are clashing with police

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women beseigedBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Documenting a trend in the news of black women clashing with police, the Atlanta Black Star issued a report called “Sisters Besieged: 8 vicious and disturbing acts of police brutality against black women.”

The report was released during Black History Month. It cited eight different altercations, many with a common thread: women fearful of police action and police escalating their response.

For example, in 2013 during a traffic stop in New Mexico, a single mother fearfully drove away. Police followed, shot out the tires and broke a window with a baton. The woman’s 14-year-old son got out of the car to protect his mother and younger siblings, who locked themselves inside the car.

Other incidents turned deadly, like a case in Chicago from 2012 that resulted in the death of an unarmed woman and a multi-million dollar settlement. Rekia Boyd was shot and killed by police who thought a man she was with drew a gun. In actuality the man drew a cell phone. He was hit in the thumb with one bullet, but the 22-year-old Boyd was shot in the head.

In 2006, an elderly woman in Atlanta was shot and killed her own home after police kicked in the door. It was later revealed their search warrant was falsified. The woman fired upon police when they entered but hit no one. Police shot her six times. The officers involved were sentenced to various prison sentences.

Other incidents include a woman suffering from mental illness being handcuffed, shackled and apparently being punched by Los Angeles officers while arresting her; officers being fired in Texas after video caught them beating a woman who had been arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket; police in New York were caught on tape beating a woman who repeatedly told them she was pregnant.

Oriana Farrell, the mother of six pulled over in New Mexico said the treatment she endured should not be allowed.

“As a single, African-American mother of five in this country, things are tough enough. I should not have to endure harassment at the hands of someone who has been hired to protect the citizens of this land over an alleged ‘speeding offense.’ No one should.”

Source: atlantablackstar

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com