Crossing the road may be dangerous if you are a Black man in the US and 21-year-old Devonte Shipman has recently proved it.
After Shipman crossed the crosswalk on Rogero Road he was approached by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy J. Bolen. Shipman was told that he crossed the crosswalk illegally and would have to pay $65 fine for it. When Bolen saw a camera in Shipman’s hands he became furious and the situation escalated.
Shipman was told that he had committed three crimes: crossing the road without using the crosswalk, crossing while the signal displayed a “red hand,” and not having identification on him while being questioned. Shipman asked for a warning, instead of a citation, but was detained and threatened with arrest.
During the video, it’s clear that another pedestrian jaywalked, but he wasn't detained or arrested or yelled at. It’s clear that the jaywalking is only an excuse to attack a Black man. This situation could get much worse. We all remember cases when Black people were literally killed and it was caused by the jaywalking. It’s the fact that cops these days don’t need a serious cause to attack a Black man. When they need it, they will find a reason and a corrupted system will protect them. No justice for a Black man in this country.
Video by Vonte Shipman (facebook)
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