(Baltimore, MD) — May 2nd, 2014 — Baltimore and Washington DC’s cop block joined forces to hit the streets of West Baltimore. The first scene that we encountered was the detainment of a “white male” for being in a part of town where it’s mostly Black. My first question that I asked the officer was “is the gentleman being detained” and the officers’ reply was “is he a friend or family of yours?” which I replied again with the same question. The officers’ response was “is he in handcuffs?” which I replied with “you don’t have to be in handcuffs to be detained. Most of the time when that happens you have been arrested.” So I asked the question a third time. The officer then got mad and walked back to her car.
The second scene (which is in this video) was less than a block away from the other incident. In which, some of the same officers that we saw before were there. They stopped a black male; we asked if he knew what he was being stopped for. In which his reply was “No.” This incident lasted about 20 minutes, which most of it cops spent in their vehicles. “The gentleman ended up getting arrested for a “suspend license.”
In the state of Maryland the two most frequently charge types of driving suspended are 16-303(c) and 16-303(h). 16-303(h) carries 60 days and/or a $500 fine and 16-303(c) carries 1 year and/or a $1000 fine. Now, with that being said couldn’t the cops have given this man a fine instead of imprisoning him?
What is Cop block?
Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability.
They highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact.
CopBlock.org is a resource for the education of individual rights through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics that seek to curtail the all-too-common rights-violations and unaccountability that today exists.
They do not “hate cops.” We believe that no one — not even those with badges — has extra rights. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but also those of future generations.