Monday, February 29, 2016

Urban vignette

Are these transit cops questioning this woman because she's Black? Or because she's poor? Or because she's not perhaps living in quite the same dimension as the rest of us? Whatever the answer to that, they clearly felt empowered to talk to her and she seemed to acquiesce before their assertion of authority.

The officers had come out of a passing train and advanced directly toward her. I noticed them before I saw her.

After an exchange of words, they watched her move down the platform and kept her under watch until she boarded a train.

2 comments:

Hattie said...

I don't know what to think...
There are cops everywhere here now, in patrol cars and on the streets. And the daily rap sheet in the paper gets longer and longer.

janinsanfran said...

When people are treated as if they might be dangerous animals, sometimes they become what we fear? Policing that consists of confronting people with overwhelming force just takes us all deeper into violence.

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