That’s what the trooper said to Sandra Bland before he yanked her from her vehicle.
We lit her up in our own way to push for justice.
I received a good Samaritan call from a young lady, telling me that the police just handcuffed my daughter at a subway station. She said they slammed her on the ground and put their knee in her back. Of course, she is 18 now…
I try to stay calm and find out what she knows- not much. Is she alone? Yes. Is she alright? Yes, just crying. Was is DC or transit police? Don’t know.
I wasn’t far because she was almost home from a girlfriend’s house.
They pulled her off the bus for not paying the full fare. They left out the part about slamming her on the ground/knee in the back… She wouldn’t give info for a citation, so they had to take her in. But she wouldn’t get in the car.
One cop says she’s being charged for fair evasion, another tells me assaulting an officer. WHOA!!!!!
They walk away to huddle and wait for a supervisor. The supervisor is super NOT helpful and backtracking during our conversation. Oh, she’s in school/college? I didnt know that… Does that make a difference? I’m done talking. Please tell me what needs to happen now…
I walk over and ask my daughter what happened. She says she went in her bag to get .75 and they grabbed her off the bus.
He didn’t have a right to touch me!
I remind her that she is supposed to be careful with police. I tell her that they are going to arrest her; it’s a police matter and I can’t change the fact that she has to go.
Please get in the car. And it would behoove you to be nice once you’re there. It could be the difference between a citation and release or staying overnight.
She got into the vehicle.
So here I am. In the waiting area of the Seventh District. Waiting to talk to someone and see what happens.
When I saw it in a vehicle’s back window or on a rusty bumper, I knew what to expect. If it was displayed in a shop window, I knew to steer clear especially south of the Mason – Dixon. It was literally and figuratively a red flag. But at least when I saw it, I knew to be cautious…
I’m glad there was a decision today in South Carolina to remove it from statehouse grounds. You won’t change hearts and minds, but you can do what’s right. I’m kinda shocked, but stranger things have happened.
Given the recent terrorist attack on a place of worship, killing nine people, it’s right. Those who want to continue to “honor their heritage” can still do so. Because I know how to read a red flag.