Prominent civil rights lawyer warns ‘this is how our kids become hashtags’ after video goes viral of New Jersey police officers breaking up a fight and pinning a black teenager to the ground in handcuffs while the white boy who he was fighting with is not retained.
“They should be fired if they think it’s good policing…because that’s how our kids get hashtags,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said. The New York Post On Saturday. “When you see this video, it’s just shocking because it underlines what we’ve been saying all along, which is that police treat black people differently than white people. For decades, black people have been saying this.
Last Saturday, 14-year-old Z’Kye Husain came to blows with an older boy who he said was harassing his friend at the Bridgewater Commons Mall in Bridgewater, New Jersey. When police arrived they snatched the older boy from the fight but only handcuffed Mr Husain, digging their knees into his back and neck to pin him to the ground in a manner reminiscent of George Floyd.
“I was scared and it made me think…it made me feel small and inferior; like I was less important than the older kid,” he told the To post.
Mr Husain was released to his mother shortly after the fight and both boys were banned from the mall for three years.
Bridgewater Police have launched an internal review into the incident, which has shown widespread controversy after video of the interaction went viral.
Many commenters agreed with one viewer in the clip saying, “Yo, that’s because he’s black. Racial motivation.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy condemned the exposed police response.
“While an investigation is still gathering the facts about this incident, I am deeply troubled by what appears to be racially disparate treatment in this video,” he wrote in a Twitter statement on Tuesday. “We are committed to building trust between law enforcement and the people they serve.”
Mr. Husain’s mother also criticized what happened.
“It doesn’t take two cops to hold down a 14-year-old boy who isn’t resisting, while the other boy is kind of on the loose and still going after my son. It just doesn’t make sense,” she said. told NBC News.
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