Op-Ed

August 22, 2014

Perley Richardson: Black male, any black male

“I was driving home from the doctor’s office a few years ago at about 10 in morning and was stopped by Metro-Dade Police. Someone had broken into a house, and I just happened to pass by. I was in a green pickup truck, a Dodge Dakota. There was no other description, just a ‘black male.’ They assumed I was the getaway car. Four or five policemen all circled me, asked me to put my hands out of the window. I gave them my government ID and I told them where I worked. That wasn’t good enough. They wanted my driver’s license. One officer said to another, ‘I don’t think this is the guy.’ But the other officer said to hold me there.

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