Three Black Teens were cuffed by Park Police on the National Mall, in D.C. for selling water.
US Park Police handcuff teenage boys for selling water in the park on a hot summer day. Outrage has sparked over the photos that surfaced of the three boys handcuffed sitting on a chain link fence.
Washington, D.C., City Council member Charles Allen was one of the many people displeased with the actions taken by the Park Police and is demanding answers. Allen wrote the agency in question for answers and stated in his letter:
“I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand on the same spot. While still the same violation of selling a beverage without proper permits and licenses, I doubt we would have seen little girls in pigtails handcuffed on the ground,” Council Member Charles Allen wrote.
The US Park Police responded with a generically saying that the teens were detained for “illegally vending on the National Mall.”
The three teens, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old, were released to their guardians with their water. The issue is why were handcuffs needed in the first place? Why embarrass and potentially scar these young men for something as small as selling some water? It may be illegal, and they did not have a permit, but even so why wasn’t a simple warning enough? Does the fact that these young men were Black mean that the Park Police had to dominate and embarrass these boys in such an extreme way for such simple an issue?
— Stephanie Gailhard (@stephitv) June 23, 2017
Source: The Root