""If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names," said Mills, who is white. "I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested." [Los Angeles Times]
"People here are afraid of the police," said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. "They harass black people, they stop people for no reason and rough them up without charging them with anything."That is how it should be, responded Homer Police Chief Russell Mills, who noted the high rates of gun and drug arrests in the neighborhood.
I pulled this from flexyourrights.org Here is a snippett of subsequent commentary:
"Arrested for what? Being black? A professional police department should not
be a source of intimidation for citizens who've done nothing wrong. It's just an
appallingly racist and inappropriate remark coming from the chief of police in a
town plagued by racial tension. Chief Mills's mentality pretty much tells you
everything you need to know about how things got this bad. Skeptics in the
debate over racial profiling will often begin by telling you that police never
use racial profiling, then conclude by implying that black people are all
criminals who must be stopped and searched at every opportunity. It's an absurd
contradiction. As long as I can still find police chiefs publicly boasting of
racial bias in the newspaper, I fail to understand how anyone could claim racial
profiling isn’t a serious problem."
Very well said. I live in an extremely liberal city, but the institutional racism against people of color is very evident. There has not been an African American on the city council for over a decade. Not for lack of qualified individuals. Well peace, Searchers, I'm done for the day.