Torrington Police Department

White privilege on fleek.

Elaine Rothenberg, 66, thought it was a good idea to point a gun at cops and yell, “Boom, boom, boom”. But lucky for her she wasn’t a little black boy playing with a gun at a playground. Because she lived to tell the tale…well from behind bars.

The woman was in Connecticut and was arrested after waving the BB gun outside the police department in Torrington.

According to report, she first posted the gun at two civilians and asked if they were cops. After they ran away, Rothernberg started shouting about how much she hated cops and yelled, “Boom boom boom!” and then, “What are you doing? Shoot me! What are you, scared?”

Rothernberg was charged with first-degree threatening (a felony), interfering with an officer and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.

Oh to be white and crazed and waving a gun. You live to tell the tale.




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  • FragranceObsessed

    What can we say about this, huh? We know white people get away with ish all the time because they are white. Are we surprised?

    • shybookworm

      Exactly! This is just a “water is wet, snow is cold, sky is blue” moment.

  • A.P.-CT

    R.I.Paradise Tamir Rice..

  • [email protected]

    This is a story that should be shown every where. It outlines the double standards found in the criminal injustice system. White privilege is real, because if she was black, she would be treated in a much more aggressive fashion. Rothernberg is alive while Tamir Rice and so many other Brothers and Sisters have been killed by officers who lacked human compassion. For centuries, we have fought for our rights against a racist, classist, and sexist oligarchy. We continue to fight for justice today. We are not shocked at how many white people can get away with things that black people will never get away with. This story is another example about how the racists view black lives as expendable. This story is a signal for us to keep on standing up and keep on defending our rights, our dignity, and our honor as black people. Life a’int been no crystal stair for us. Yet, we can live out our lives in doing action and following the real principles that our forebears subscribed to succinctly. Our forbears lived and died for freedom and we honor our ancestors’ sacrifices by adhering to true liberty and liberation for our people.

    • MissV

      Your ancestors here in the states fought for equal rights, not more or better/different rights. Your ancestors wanted to be integrated and didn’t subscribe to the mantle of victimhood. You could learn from “your” ancestors and then teach “your people” MLK’s dream.

    • [email protected]

      My ancestors never wanted to ignore white racism. My ancestors wanted equal rights, but not colorblindness. My ancestors never wanted to be integrated into a system of economic inequality and racial injustice.


      I do know about my black history very well.

      My ancestors wanted to have justice and human dignity promoted in all realms of society. I do know about my ancestors, so your statements are filled with false statements about what I stand for and it shows that you don’t know much about my real convictions. Dr. King was more revolutionary than many people think that he is. Dr. King opposed the Vietnam War, respected democratic socialism, supported workers’ rights, believed in economic justice, and he called out white racism by name in his speeches plus literature. He shook hands with Malcolm X too. That is the real Dr. King.

      So, my views are my views. I will never back down from my core convictions at all. Black people have every right to call out double standards involving many white people. Black people have every right to not bow down to evil and to stand up for the human dignity of Tamir Rice and so many other victims of police brutality. Black people have every right to fight for black liberation.

      Black Lives Matter.

    • MissV

      Strangely I don’t feel schooled and why should I in a normal back and forth conversation? Why would one assume that I am right wing or even white? Because I disagree with you? Because I question your post above? Do you honestly think even the most evil officer would have shot an elderly woman of any color coming at them saying “boom, boom, boom!” and “shoot me” even if she were black? I would say no. But lets compare the two instances, her vs the kid. In the kids case, there were numerous calls in stating a gun was being waved (the fact that some thought it was likely a toy was not brought to the cops attention) and the kid was on a playground with a toy hand gun (not rifle sized like a bb gun) and he or someone had removed the orange sticker to make it look more real. Let me reiterate, this kid with a gun that looked very real was on a playground, around other kids. Old lady was standing directly in front of the police station asking strangers if they were cops and aiming her bb gun. Have you ever seen a bb gun? They look exactly like BB guns, not rifles (maybe I am aging myself and haven’t looked at bb guns in a while.) IMO, regardless of my color or my political persuasion, I would say that these are two very different types of cases and resulted in two very different outcomes.

      MLK taught us that we are all equal no matter the color of our skin and we have achieved that. Look at our potus, look at our 1% and the # of minorities there by their own hard work or connections. We’re there. Where we are not there is in our own homes and that is our own fault. Until we raise all of our kids to respect themselves and to hope for more in life than a ghetto thug dream life and what goes along with that including guns, hair hats and a lack of respect for authority; we can expect more deaths. We have to take responsibility at some point. Not all cops are bad. You seem to find aggression or “revolution” in MLKs teachings while I have always seen and found hope from them.

    • [email protected]

      This Response is dedicated to Tamir Rice and his family.

      I never assumed or talked about your racial identity. I stand up for my beliefs and accept the truth about the need to advance racial and social justice. So, once again, I will set the record straight. I did mention that far right people do target black people, which I stand by. Your views on other forums like the far right Breitbart News Network shows that you aren’t liberal or progressive at all. You have the right to disagree with me and I have the right to disagree with you. Also, I never believe in unfairness in society. You assumed that people like me desired the mantle of victimhood and that I need to learn about MLK’s dream (when I studied Dr. King’s views and read books from him for years. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. explicitly criticized capitalism and he wanted economic justice in the world). I answered your views on both accounts as I have a right to defend my character as a human being. There is a serious problem of police terrorism in the world. The most evil police officers have shot elderly black people for generations and there is white privilege in society. A black elderly woman named Eleanor Bumpurs was murdered by the NYPD back during 1984. So, that refutes the argument that an elderly black person would be treated totally fair in society unconditionally as compared to an elderly white person. A white man named Joseph Houseman pointed a gun at the police months ago. The gun was a loaded rifle. He threatened the officers. Yet, the officers didn’t shot him immediately. They talked him out of shooting his rifle and he was arrested. Tamir Rice wasn’t just killed. Rice didn’t even have enough time to talk to the officers. The officer who murdered Tamir Rice should experience a trial and experience justice without some non-indictment.


      In the case of Tamir Rice, he was murdered in less than 3 seconds. He was not a direct threat to any officer at all. The officers refused to call first aid for many minutes after Tamir Rice was murdered. The kid was in a playground and he wasn’t harming any human being at all. The cops also tacked Tamir’s sister to the ground. The rest of your words ignore the fact that Tamir Rice never caused his own death. One police officer did. That officer was cited for unstable behavior before by another department and he should have never been an officer at all in Cleveland. I have seen a BB gun before. No syllable that you can write will ever justify the actions of the cops in that scene. The older white woman in the other incident was in a police station and made sounds. The police acted more professionally towards the elderly woman than with Tamir Rice. These cases aren’t equivalent, but they do represent the distinct imperfections found in the police institution. Even the cops in Cleveland admitted that mistakes were made in the Tamir Rice incident.


      I do understand that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in equality regardless of skin color. What he didn’t believe in a color blind philosophy that ignored the diversity of cultures in the world. He always believed in the beauty of Blackness and he wanted justice for black people. That is why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his last speeches talked about how Black is Beautiful. Black is Beautiful and Black Love is Beautiful. We don’t have total equality in American society. Just because the President is black, doesn’t mean we have a pure meritocracy in society. We aren’t in the Promised Land yet. There is job discrimination where studies show that many black and white people (even with equal qualifications) aren’t treated fairly. We have sentences in the criminal justice system where black people are treated worse than whites even if they are convicted of the same charges. There is the evil War on Drugs and the brutal mass incarceration system that has harmed many black families. There are many black people who made it by hard work, but no society exists in perfection.

      Many people are poor by no fault of their own and poverty is a complex problem. Some middle class and rich people totally demonize the poor instead of advocating progressive solutions. The imperfections in society merit intervention not neglect. I have no problem with raising children correctly. I have no problem with the development of strong, stable families and communities. What I do have a problem with is the demonization of every single mother done by right wing extremists (not you). I do have an issue with how some people (not you) promote bigotry and xenophobia under the guise of “family values.” What I do have a problem with is the myth is that respectability politics will solve every problem in the black community. That is a lie. We need to promote integrity and stand up against the system of white supremacy simultaneously. You responded to me. I responded back. I will never back down from my views. I believe in respecting authentic authority not cop terrorists. I respect just laws. I have no respect for unjust laws.

      Black folks don’t have to follow Eurocentric values to be free. Black people can just follow our own values of community, solidarity, and strength. Any black person should take responsibility for their own actions, but black people shouldn’t be scapegoated for white racism or for every problem in America. I want police terrorism and white racism to end completely in the world. Not to mention that just because a Sister wears a weave doesn’t mean that she lacks consciousness. Not all people in the ghetto are bad. I have many words about the police institution. We have an epidemic of police brutality. This epidemic is not the fault of black people collectively. It is the fault of the system of injustice that exists in our generation.

      I do find revolution in Dr. King’s teachings as he believed in a revolutionary change in society and hope at the same time.

      RIP Tamir Rice

      RIP Sandra Bland

    • lis

      ‘Hair hat’…….only certain ‘people’ make that reference and theyre not women…so with that and the rest of your witless argument you have already told us who and what you are…..GO AWAY! THANKS.

    • MissV

      lis, Hair hat is just a word – 2 words actually. Why do you find it so offensive? I think it’s a funny set of words to describe a wig. I wear wigs sometimes and I call them my hair hats….why do you choose to discount my argument as witless based on two words? SJW much? I was trying to have a conversation with truth seeker not you, yet you chime in with some “we know who/what you are” WTH? How about you go away and let the adults chat? If you have something relevant or on topic (of sorts) please feel free to contribute. As it stands now, I will have to re-read TS’s entire post and I don’t have time for that now. Thanks for adding absolutely nothing and wasting my time. I’ll come back at some point and get back to conversing with one who can actually do that. Happy New Year.

    • shybookworm

      I think truthseeker just schooled your uninformed, cliche ridden, have-no-idea-what-you’re-talking-about a**.

    • [email protected]

      Thank you Sister.

      The skeptics can’t refute us. The truth is just that powerful. These far right people always target black people since they know that they are wrong in their reactionary agenda.

      Have a Great Day Sister.

    • shybookworm

      You too. I’ve long admired your posts and have learned alot from them. Keep writing them.

    • [email protected]

      I greatly appreciate your words Sister. I will keep on writing posts for years and decades into the future. You inspire me too.