justice for jason

By now we know driving while black and walking while black are about as risky as getting behind the wheel without a seat belt. But who knew we’d also see the day where it’s not even safe to bank while black?

Rawstory has uncovered the details of a report on WJLA News of a cell phone video showing a black man screaming on the ground as cops force his arms behind him and handcuff him. The incident happened on Monday and the explanation for it is as horrendous as the video. The Chairman of the D.C. Police Union said officers were called to a location where someone reported several people acting suspiciously and when they arrived on the scene they saw a man who fit one of the detailed descriptions. According to officer Sean Hickman:

“The initial call was for a suspicious person, three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM. The location for the call was 6th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE. Officers in the area responded to the assignment. One individual fled on foot from the police, was chased, and then taken down. The individual resisted, and was handcuffed while resisting after he refused to stop. The person making the video was interfering with police, and was also detained while the incident was investigated. Neither individual was arrested.”

Sounds awfully similar to the way NYPD racially profiled and tackled tennis pro James Blake just last month.

Jason Goolsby, 18, is the man seen in the video being forced to the ground by cops. Both he and his friend are Howard students. After the incident, Jason tweeted “We were approached because a white couple felt uncomfortable around me and my friend in the bank, this is how the police responded …”and uploaded the cell video of the handcuffing, sparking the #JusticeForJason hashtag.

Yesterday, a small group protesters marched down Pennsylvania Ave for about an hour to bring attention to this situation and the increasing incidences of police brutality. Despite the backlash and virality of this overzealous cuffing, Delroy Burton of the Police Union maintains officers “followed proper procedure for subduing a resistant individual.” But what about the racial profiling?

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  • OSHH

    This is the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market area where a diverse and eclectic mix of folk have existed for years…years. I lived on the hill for 13 years with my mom and watched the neighborhood progres$.
    It has most recently become the coveted area in the District for “new” residents.
    This was a totally bogus situation and MPD ought be ashamed for even responding to bs like this. Who knew they had the time and resources for such esp as it has been reported they are short staffed.