Racial profiling by cops is something black people have to deal with quiet often. But what people don’t talk about is the fact that black people are often profiled by black cops. On March 8, a group of Princeton students from the Black Youth Project, were allegedly profiled by a black police officer and pulled over for a broken tail light. Upon inspection of the light, it appeared not to be damaged.
The students involved in the incident took it upon themselves to open up a dialogue with the police officer. That conversation was caught on camera:
“You guys have a responsibility to protect and serve,” a student stated. “As black youth we don’t feel like we get that level of protection, we don’t get that benefit of the doubt that like regular white students running around Princeton campus,” he continued.
According to one of the students in the film, the police officer offered the students free parking as an apology. She also said the cop was trying to convince the students he wasn’t trying to criminalize them.