Since September 11, 2001, there have been numerous incidents involving law enforcement severely injuring or killing civilians. The vast majority of these victims have been black, brown or disabled.
The majority of the officers have been white.
Most recently the incident that has made national headlines regarding this sort of incident involved unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
On September 25, 2014, I was stopped by the San Francisco Police and given a ticket for fare evasion.
I and another gentlemen of African descent were stopped for this alleged offense while hipsters and yuppies enjoyed their privilege of not being cited by police presumably because it was assumed that they were going to work and therefore “contributing” to society.
Less than an hour earlier I received a transfer from the previous bus I caught that morning but apparently lost it.
July 14, 2014
Within the last year there has been a greater visible police presence all over the city of San Francisco. What was once tolerated and even considered part of the local culture, or ambiance, if you will, is no longer tolerated. This includes street vending street food and open marijuana consumption.
With the influx of Tech Boomers and rising housing costs, also came this new intolerance. No coincidence!
March 25, 2014
With the news of 6 SFPD Officers being indicted by federal prosecuters, the $50,000 question is: Are things back to normal in SF, or will more people than ever be arrested for alleged marijuana offenses, or have they had their fill?
I've been arrested more times than anyone since “Brownie Mary” in 20 years.
February 11, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown [D] California has recently asked for an extension on the federal deadline to release state inmates from California’s overcrowded prison system. Why not just release all of the people in state prisons on marijuana charges and kill two birds with one stone? The answer of course is that leaders like Jerry Brown hold more allegiance to law enforcement than they do to the constituents who elected them!