Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’ (participation)

Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’

By David Edwards
Monday, December 2, 2013 10:59 EST
Raliek Redd, Wan'Tauhjs Weathers and Daequon Carelock arrested while waiting for bus (WHEC)

Three African-American students who were waiting for a school bus in Rochester, New York were arrested on Wednesday morning when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.

According to WROC, basketball coach Jacob Scott had arranged for a school bus to pick up the boys to take them to a scrimmage on a day when school was closed.

A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”

But the students and the coach dispute the police version of events.

“We didn’t do nothing,” student Raliek Redd explained. “We was just trying to go to our scrimmage.”

“We was just waiting for our bus and he started arrested us,” student Wan’Tauhjs Weathers added.

Daequon Carelock, who was also arrested, lamented that anyone could be “just downtown, minding your own business, and next thing you know, anything can happen.”

Coach Scott arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.

“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”

“One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown,” he noted.

Scott called the incident a “catastrophe” for the boys and witnesses who were traumatized by the arrest.

“These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested,” Scott remarked. “I’m speaking to the officers with dignity…and still and yet – they see me get treated like nothing.”

Rochester school board member Mary Adams expressed her outrage at the arraignment last week.

“I think the charges should be immediately dropped and I think the district attorney’s office should be stepping in and looking at these kinds of matters,” she said.

“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” Adams told WHEC. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”

A trial for the three students is scheduled for December 11.

Watch this video from WROC, broadcast Nov. 29, 2013.


10 thoughts on “Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’ (participation)

  1. This article caught my attention when scrolling through because of how outrageous even the title was. After reading this article, I am outraged and disgusted at that police officer. I don’t care who you are or what you look like, if you are minding your own business waiting for a bus, you do not deserve to get arrested. What really makes me livid is the thought that had those boys been white, the officer probably wouldn’t have even given them a second look… He might’ve even said hello. I pray that America is not still so racist that that trial on December 11th will end up resulting in any kind of charges for those boys. The fact that even the crowd and the coach said they boys had done nothing wrong goes to show that the arrest was made solely on the police man’s personal bias. It is sick to think that his racist idea of justice was backed up with enough power to still arrest those boys. This article was very disheartening and goes to show America has not made as much progress as everyone likes to think.

  2. This type of events demonstrated how racisms is still evident within American, and is not something that we have overcome. The charges are ridiculous and should in no way be implemented. Its disheartening to think that if these boys were white, this most likely wouldn’t have happened. Due to such a ridiculous charge, its hard to think that the officer was not racists and not targeting the boys for their age and race.

  3. This is seriously the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. Just because these three students are African American does not make it okay for a police officer to arrest them. There clearly wasn’t anything wrong going on between the three students, they were just waiting for a bus. I’m sure if these students were White, the officer would have just let them be. It’s hard to think that the officer is not racist after arresting the students for simply waiting for a bus. Even when the coach vouches for his players, the officer still insists that they were causing problems. Hopefully racism doesn’t get in the way of the trial that will be held next week and the three students are found innocent.

  4. This particular participation stood out to me because of how absurd this article is. I am completely fed up with the police officer. And quite honestly I am completely confused as well, I don’t understand how someone in their right mind would arrest three innocent boys waiting for a bus to pick them up for basketball and how that turns into a crime? I wonder if these boys had been white if the officer would have even thought about arresting them. I can only hope that on December 11th all charges will be dropped and justice is served and there will be consequences for the officers actions. The crowd around the boys and the coach were backing up the kids that they had been doing nothing wrong, and that the police officer said that they were blocking pedestrian traffic but yet no pedestrians complained about these boys. This article is very saddening and I hope that there is some type of punishment for this officer.

  5. It is articles and events like this that really makes me so disgusted with police officers. Of course we need authority and we need rules, but the arrogance and smugness is what brings out real over the top issues. It reminds me a lot of the movie The Experiment where random people are given roles to play. The ones who were given the role of police officers took extreme advantage of their power despite the actual person they were outside of the experiment. To be a police officer there needs to be certain characteristics in a person that one must look for when hiring and this officer must have really lacked those qualities. The profiling done in this story is completely obvious. The report of the “crime” is almost laughable to read. Blocking an entrance and free passage flow for citizens? I can’t image the frustration and mortification the boys must have felt when the officer approached. It is disappointing to think that this really still happens. The parents, school board, and peers who knew these kids are going to loose so much respect for anyone involved or supporting this officer. I think that the charges would have to be dropped, considering no harm or offense was actually done, but in our world, it is likely they won’t. The system doesn’t want to look weak and will most likely stand by the officer and his word. If more people saw what is important and good in this world, profiling like this incident would be totally inexistent.

  6. Articles like this always hit home for me because I know too many stories of police using their power to take advantage of black people and mistreat them for no reason at all. Just a couple of weeks ago in Long Beach a young black male 19 years old was caught by police and he kneeled down with his hands up and while turning on his knees the police shot him 20 times and killed him. How is that even alright and as far as I know nothing was done to those officers maybe a few were suspended from the force but that is so sad that they think that is an equal discipline for unjustly over killing a person. It’s sad too because it is not just police who act in this manner but anybody who you put in a position of power. I was at a Washington state football game with some friends we were all black and we went to sit in a section that said it was a student section. While sitting down there a man came down there who I guess was security at the game and he told us we could not sit there until the stadium was full which it practically was the only seats left were nosebleed seats so I asked him why could we not sit there since the stadium was practically full then he got really angry and said because I said so. Then he left and moments later came back with his supervisor who just came at me and my friends with a foul attitude telling us we need to move now then I asked why was he not telling the white students to move but the whole time I was respectful then he said if you guys don’t leave then we will kick you out the game. I saw no reason to continue trying to sort these detail out since the men were clearly not willing to hold a civil conversation with a young black man. Me and my friends just left and watched the game at home. So like I said when you put certain people in a position of power I feel they can get besides themselves and use their power to mistreat others. Like in this story.

  7. Reading through this article put me in shock. The title of it pretty summed up what was happening. I understand how in the past racism towards blacks were significant and until this day racism is still around especially from this article. It was uncalled for because the only reason why the police officers wanted to arrest the three black basketball players is mainly because of the past on how whites disrespected blacks. Also when rumors are spread throughout black races every police officer will start looking in the rumor and believe them just because they are black. I just wish all this racism will just end. Everyone is the same no matter what race. But everyone does know of “white privilege” will always be around and white will always benefit more than blacks. But arresting three black individuals without any proof of what they did is completely wrong.

  8. This article demonstrates the racisms still exist in America even saying there is no more. The three students, African American, did not make any wrong action except waiting for bus but the police officer arrested them without any excuse. I can assume that police officer just arrested them by his stereotype such as black people crimes more. What if is in the same situation but the kids are white, then is he going to arrest them same as like the black kids? I disagree with this mind. I want to say there is a still racisms exist but there is nothing better than black over white, the skin color is the color. The stereotype make society make into this happening. The duty of police officer is make wrong thing right but he make right thing wrong.

  9. This article is type of events demonstrated how racisms is still evident within American. The three students seems anything wrongs but only waiting for bus at bus stop. But the police officer arrested them without any reason and did not considered situation. If that three boys are white, the people officer would not be arrested them. This is seriously problem the stereotypes about the black. This is also still hard to say the officer was not racists or not. But the officer should considered the boys for their age not only race.

  10. “Racism prevails in America” is what the title to this article should be. Its funny to think that people thought racism was over when president Obama was elected as president. As we can see today, its still a major dilemma in this country. What I would like to know is, what was going through the policemen’s mind when they made these arrests. He didn’t just arrest people, but he arrested black youth who were just following orders from their coach. Now, what if the circumstances were different for example- what if they were Hispanic males or females of color? How different would this arrest have been? When the public reads articles like this, it obviously tarnishes the reputation of policemen, so I’d like to know what their motive is behind arrests like this. You would think that an arrest like this makes the officers racist, but how to do we know that. Where does racism and the law tie together, or more like how far can the law go in terms of racism? When is it okay for policemen to draw the line between protecting the public verses going out of their way to harass minorities of color?

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