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  • - I'm Brianna, this is my mother.

  • - Hi, I'm Roshunda.

  • (sighs)

  • - See now I'm getting emotional.

  • - Why are you getting emotional, mom?

  • Are you worried about me?

  • - I would hate for anything to happen to you.

  • There's a lot going on the world.

  • And there's a lot of bad police officers.

  • - I know.

  • - There's good police officers.

  • There's good police officers.

  • And my fear is that you run across one of those bad ones.

  • If you run across a police officer,

  • please do everything that you're supposed to do,

  • everything that he requests.

  • If he tells you to stop, stop.

  • If he tells you to be quiet, be quiet,

  • do everything that you can

  • to get back to me.

  • And also, remember though,

  • there's good cops out there too, Brianna.

  • So don't always assume that all of them are bad.

  • - But all you see on the news

  • and in newspapers and people saying that all of them are bad

  • but they're trying to protect us.

  • - Right, and they assume that you're bad,

  • they assume that you've just robbed a bank,

  • they assume that the worst of you

  • but don't always think that they're all bad.

  • They're not all bad.

  • Don't be scared to call them or get help from them.

  • - I'm not afraid to ask them for help.

  • - But if anybody, any officer comes up to you baby,

  • please put your hands up, just follow instructions.

  • I was driving to work

  • I had my hood on 'cause it was cold

  • and I was pulled over by a police officer.

  • - Oh, it was the black hood, right?

  • - I can't, I don't remember, it was a hoodie.

  • And he pulled me over and I was so scared.

  • And I asked him, I was so scared,

  • why did you pull me over?

  • I'm going the speed limit.

  • He asked me, why are you in this area?

  • Why are you in this neighborhood?

  • I'm a pastry chef, I start work early.

  • Okay, so he got my information

  • and he went to the back of his vehicle.

  • He sat in his vehicle for about like, five, 10 minutes.

  • I'm getting late to work,

  • I open my door, he started yelling at me.

  • "Get back in the car."

  • so I closed the door.

  • He looked, and saw I was clean,

  • I had no tickets, so I had nothing on me

  • but he still kept sitting in his car.

  • Finally he came in his car,

  • tossed me my stuff and told me to go to work and left.

  • And I remember sitting there, just, I was so scared.

  • I've been pulled over for no reason.

  • - You were innocent.

  • - I was innocent.

  • But again, baby, I stayed calm.

  • Don't get upset, don't get sassy,

  • why did you pull me over,

  • just follow instructions and stay calm.

  • - Okay.

  • - Why would a police officer assume

  • that you did something bad?

  • - Maybe because of my skin color.

  • - Is there anything wrong with your skin color?

  • - No, people make assumptions about people.

  • Some people are bad.

  • - Just because of their skin color?

  • - Maybe there are racist people out here,

  • out in the world.

  • - There is.

  • - Make assumptions about you that aren't even true.

  • - Yeah.

  • It's about teaching our children

  • again, what to do and what not to do

  • when a police officer stops you.

  • - I do.

  • She's coming at the age where she wants to go to the mall

  • and she wants to go to the movies with friends.

  • That scares me.

  • You're supposed to celebrate this time

  • in your child's life.

  • Sometimes I'm scared when she's not with me

  • because when she's with me, I can protect her.

  • Because of the world that we live in now,

  • there's some things

  • that you're supposed to be excited about,

  • I'm not excited about.

  • I'm scared.

  • - I didn't know that.

  • - If you're at the mall and you see a police officer,

  • hitting someone, they're handcuffed.

  • What would you do?

  • - Honestly, not to be mean or anything,

  • I would walk away.

  • - You would walk away?

  • - Mmhm, to make sure that I Was protected and safe

  • and they wouldn't handcuff me and put me on the ground

  • and beat me up.

  • - It is difficult to say not do anything

  • but I hear your point as well.

  • Just get out of the way and get home safe.

  • Ooh, that's a tough one.

  • Wow.

  • I was surprised by her response.

  • And there's a part of me, good job!

  • And then there's another part,

  • wow that person needs help though.

  • - I'm sorry, I'm looking on the bright side,

  • hoping that it will get better.

  • - And I love that, I've always loved that about you.

  • - I didn't realize it was gonna be hard for me,

  • but (snaps) I just realized how hard it would be.

  • - One day, it could get better one day.

  • But now, no.

  • The police aren't being policed.

  • So, no, they get off easy constantly.

  • Why is it so easy for them to get off?

  • - I don't understand why.

  • - Um,

  • I don't know.

- I'm Brianna, this is my mother.

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    Seina posted on 2020/06/08
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