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Friday, November 22, 2013

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In Four Years, Man Arrested 62 Times For Trespassing (In The Convenience Store Where He Works)

Via the Miami Herald, a hideous tale of institutional privilege:

Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years. He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.

Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.

Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing. Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens. But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.

258 times in four years. 258 times in four years. 62 arrests for trespassing in his own workplace. Alex Saleh, the Quickstop's owner, installed a video camera in his store in 2012 and has since amassed quite a bit of evidence against the area police, who have been going so far as to file falsified arrest reports. (Saleh himself was once run down by six squad cars for a bad tag light, and cited for three infractions, including "bald tires.") Burn it all down! [Miami Herald]

21 Comments / Post A Comment

yeah-elle

oh my god. 4 years is about 208 weeks. 258 stops in 208 weeks, that means he gets stopped at least once a week. that's beyond infuriating, it trips right over into bone-meltingly exhausting. how???

de Pizan

@yeah-elle It says that at one point, he was stopped 3 times in ONE DAY. This whole story is so incredibly infuriating.

de Pizan

@yeah-elle It says that at one point, he was stopped 3 times in ONE DAY. This whole story is so incredibly infuriating.

de Pizan

@yeah-elle It says that at one point, he was stopped 3 times in ONE DAY. This whole story is so incredibly infuriating.

de Pizan

@yeah-elle Wow, apologies for the triple posting, I only hit the reply button once.

hallelujah

Yes, correct, burn it all the fuck down and let's start over. Because ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??!!???

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Glad to hear someone share my view that the intrusion on privacy security cameras impose might be justified for their function in protecting citizens from police.

stuffisthings

I demand they all receive the harshest punishment imaginable for a police officer: several months of paid leave.

katiemcgillicuddy

Cops have 95% more power than they should, and I'm being generous. Just throw everything away.

j-i-a

I love you guys I wish you were in charge of everything

leonstj

@j-i-a THE SLUG. Is there a word for that humor of race-relations where it's hilarious but only because of the awful?

But I'm glad I'm in charge of nothing. All I could think of when I read this story last night was, my first response: "Fuck, I am so glad I am a straight white guy. I'd be in jail forever for my response if I was subjected to this shit, it is a testament to the awesomeness of human beings that they strive for change instead of just burning everything to the ground."

Followed immediately by: "Dude - the only reason you think of this shit as so inconceivable is that you're a completely boring straight white guy. The only reason you recoil so hard is that you didn't live your whole life used to this shit. The only reason you yourself assume that your individual actions will definitely fix everything is that you look EXACTLY LIKE The Man."

Oh man, it is all the worst. Thank you & Emma & Edith & all of the others for writing & editting this website - I know I'm not the target demographic, but I'm eternally grateful to have somewhere I can go to get the kind of perspectives that are easy for someone like me to completely miss in the same place as one of my favorite sources of plain-old-entertainment.

j-i-a

@leonstj we are glad you are here dude

stonefruit

first of all, 100% yes to this tag in particular: "this is a much bigger cry for help than a selfie smh"

second of all, I think a good soundtrack for this story would be N.W.A.

I'M READY FOR THE REVOLUTION YOU GUYS.

wallsdonotfall

I think the cameras were installed by the shop's owner, Alex Saleh, who actually seems to really be looking out for his employees and customers.

hands_down

@wallsdonotfall The story toward the end of the article about Saleh's harassment and intimidation from the cops is pretty terrible, too. What a fucked-up, infuriating story.

j-i-a

@wallsdonotfall oh yes yes i'm fixing now--thank you, wrote this in a blur

SexySadie

"One video, recorded on June 26, 2012, shows Sampson, clearly stocking coolers, being interrupted by MGPD Sgt. William Dunaske, who orders him to put his hands behind his back, and then handcuffs him, leads him out of the store and takes him to jail for trespassing."

Gee I can't imagine why black members of the community aren't cooperating more with police. Also, apart from the blatant racial profiling, any officer who LIES on an arrest report should be immediately fired. I'm sure most of us would be fired if we falsified documents at our jobs!

Loose Seal

This brought to mind this episode of This American Life I listened to a few weeks ago...one of the stories is about police bringing people in on false charges just to meet their arrest quotas. It's horrifying. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/414/right-to-remain-silent

she came in through the bathroom window

I hate this racist fucking country so much. I am just so tired of this crap, and nothing's getting better, and white people en masse just seem to be getting worse and worse.

...I have no eloquence on this Friday morning. Just rage and resignation, in about a 60/40 mix.

mollpants

THOSE VIDEOS ARE ACTUALLY MINDBLOWING

RAGE RAGE RAGE RAGE RAGE RAGE

Leslie Popplewell

I read this on another website. You know he wasn't arrested by 258 different COPS. It must have been multiple times by several of the SAME cops. WHich, by now, you know they know he works there! They should be on a first name basis by now!

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