Justice for Black Teenager Allegedly Beaten by Police and Mall Security

Target: Barry M. Weber, Chief of Police in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Goal: Fire officer who allegedly assaulted black teenager outside of shopping center.

Activists are demanding the dismissal of two law enforcement officers caught on camera allegedly beating a 17-year-old Black teenager outside of Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Local police received a call from mall security around 4:00 p.m. on May 11 about five men “acting disorderly and causing a disturbance.¨ In the parking lot, video captures a police officer and security guard aggressively detained the teenager for allegedly refusing to stop and speak with them. One brutishly restrains him and the other allegedly punches him in the head while the young man screams for someone to call his mother. Eventually released, he was unfairly cited for disorderly conduct, battery, and resisting an officer.

Not a day passes in America without the reckless abuse of power. Following protests at Mayfair Mall the next day, prominent racial justice groups like the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee want to get both officers stripped of their authority and diversity training implemented at their workplaces. From education, incarceration, and segregation – Milwaukee is a great place to live unless you’re Black. Within the 53206 zip code alone, over half of the African American population has been incarcerated by the age of 34. Changes depend first and foremost on police reform where officers are taught to deescalate situations without resorting to combat.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Weber,

Once again, your precinct is being scrutinized for its uncivilized policing tactics. On May 11, a minor was severely abused, allegedly by one of your officers at Mayfair Mall for no apparent reason other than being at the wrong place at the wrong time. After the death of unarmed Jay Anderson in 2016, it still appears as though you’re encouraging officers to racially profile minorities in public spaces. Seeing that Wisconsin incarcerates the most Black citizens in the country, maybe it’s time to reflect on how your colleagues are trained to disproportionately target young African Americans. Hear us loud and clear – fire the officer allegedly involved in the incident.

Misinformed citizens love to call the cops on perceived ¨suspicious¨ African Americans who are guilty of absolutely nothing. From the black Yale student bombarded by the police for taking a nap in the common room of her dormitory, to the travelers accused of burglary while leaving their AirBnB rental – racism still plagues American society. Rather than heavily policing Black communities and targeting them as the usual suspects, take the time to properly train your staff to avoid violence all together. Those who are unwilling to comply aren’t worthy of being a police officer. Too many innocent lives have been lost to police brutality – please reform.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tony Webster

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2 Comments

  1. When it is a white killed by a black office or beaten nothing happens, every time a black which are most of them lazy doing nothing>>> even obama made a speech talking about afro american saying they prefer to live in guethos and from tax payers money, also they usually use dogs>>pits to fight for them, to defend them to abuse them, and obama didn’t spare them, but bec it was a mixed the media said nothing, if it was a white the skys would have fallen, but returning is always the same, when is a black which are often much more involved in criminal ways, is always petitions, oh poor things, oh. They should be thankeful. Africa was done by white people, which left many countries shining for them, which they immediately took down the pipes as incompetent to manager. They are good to have someone who organize and give orders to them and need s to be non african as history shows and not all are competent as white to do the job.

  2. gen agustsson says:

    how many africans to be killed? how many more children to adults to be killed?

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