“Trespassing in their own buildings”

2012 has proven no better. Already, six NYPD officers have already been stripped of their badges and placed on modified duty for their involvement in two incidents that took place early this year. On January 26, Bronx NYPD officers beat 19-year-old Jateik Reed after allegedly seeing him hold drugs. Jateik Reed was with two friends at the time of his arrest. For one of them, the beating was his introduction to police brutality.

In a previously unreported connection, a man named Will, who did not give his last name, was arrested and allegedly roughed up with Reed’s family when they want to the police department to inquire about Reed on the day of his beating.

One week later, while Jateik Reed was still locked up, cops gunned down 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, making him the third young black man killed by the NYPD in one week. Graham’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the apartment where he was fatally shot. Police say they shot Graham, who was unarmed, while pursuing a small-time pot arrest.

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Kindergarten/Cops

I know a boy named David. When you yell at him, he doesn't look you in the eyes and he shrugs his shoulders. It used to render me speechless with frustration. It wasn’t until I was on the other end of an arbitrary order that I realized what my students must really feel.