*Famous black people fall victim to the unofficial violation of “driving while black.”
CNN anchor T.J. Holmes was pretty forward about a recent experience he had after being pulled over a mile-and-a-half away from his driveway.
He chronicled the incident via Twitter.
An officer had followed close to him for some time. Holmes suspected something was about to go down.
Sure enough, the lights came on.
What was the problem? There wasn’t one.
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The anchor described the officer stopping him because he wanted “to make sure you have insurance on the car.”
Holmes decided to share the event with followers and fans because he was tired of getting beat down by ignorant critics.
“I was frustrated at the time,” he told MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson. “I have wondered if maybe I made a mistake, if I did something wrong by enflaming people’s emotions, by using the phrase ‘driving while black,’” he said of the media firestorm that resulted from his racially-tinged tweets.
His sentiments are definitely felt across the country from the hoods to the suburbs.
A Justice Department study shows that officers are more likely to handle black and Latino men by force, than their white counterparts; and that men of color are more likely to be searched and arrested.
*It looks like a black celebrity got caught “DWB”—driving while black.
Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent” and husband of Mariah Carey, was pulled over by police after a recent Google Music launch party.
Cannon unleashed his frustration on Twitter, pointing to racial prejudice as the reason he is frequently pulled over by the law, according to Radar Online.
“Just got pulled over again. For the first time ever…the cop let me go! He was a black man! ‘Preciate it brotha!” he tweeted.
“Now in L. A. I get pulled over like once a week,” Cannon, 31, tweeted. “Honestly, I think it’s because I’m a Black man in a nice car. #knowyourplaceBOY.”
Despite Cannon’s traffic problems, he was spotted wearing a necklace at the Google event which showed an inset of his wife Mariah Carey and their six month old twins Moroccan and Monroe (pictured below).
*Romany Malco may have a case against the police. He claims an officer in Hawthorne, Calif. (near Los Angeles) pulled a gun out on him after he was pulled over.
According to the “No Ordinary Family” actor, he recounted to TMZ that he was stopped at around 7pm Tuesday evening. The female officer yelled, “Roll all the windows down and put your hands out the window!” That’s when he noticed guns were drawn.
Romany says he shouted, “Since you’ve made the assumption that I’m a criminal … you’ve got your gun drawn … are you gonna shoot me? I dare you, please.”
The officer began to yell out to Malco, “Two guys were seen…” and then she cut herself off, noticing the actor’s dog sleeping in the backseat.
He gave the officer his wallet. When she went back to the patrol car, he began recording the events on his phone.
He wasn’t cited for anything and went home of course agitated.
Hawthorne PD explained they received a call from a local phone store that three Black males fled from a security officer on the scene.
See the video here.
*Like many Black men in America, Jamie Foxx is feeling the sting of racial profiling.
He’s had a taste of it in Los Angeles when cops pulled him over in the affluent Westlake area. He feels the incident was spurred from racial profiling.
“I get pulled over all the time. I live in Westlake. A Black man in Westlake? That just don’t happen,” WENN quoted Foxx as saying. “I got pulled over the other day for being Black and happy. ‘What’s all that smiling about? You’re smiling back there.’ I was guilty.”
*A study released last Tuesday by the state attorney general revealed that African American drivers in Missouri are 70 percent more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers.
Ten years ago, Blacks were only 30 percent more likely to be stopped than whites.
In issuing the report, which is required by law, Attorney General Chris Koster denied that the study suggested that officers were engaging in racial profiling. However, he admitted that the report suggested a “disturbing trend.”
The report shows that even though Black drivers are more likely to be stopped by police, officers were more likely to find illegal substances when they stopped white drivers. (source: Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)