On Feb 6, an African-American Ohio man was followed, slammed and arrested by a local white police officer.
His crime? “Jaywalking” with a cup of coffee.
According to Raw Story, the recently uploaded video on the Free Thought Project‘s website shows 29-year-old Charles Harrell with a cappuccino in hand, walking down the street after leaving a local coffee shop. Behind him is a white police officer on a bicycle following closely.
Harrell looks into the camera and says, “You can’t be a Black man and enjoy your morning, because the police are going to harass you in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Harrell explained. “Walking down the street, the cop just asked me if I have a problem.” Later the police officer, Baron Osterman, pulls up to Harrell saying that “he crossed against the light on the deserted street.” Harrell replies to Osterman, “Sir, you were scaring me, sir. I don’t know why were following me. You were following me all the way down the street.”
Ohio Cop Stops And Slams Man Walking Down The Street was originally published on wzakcleveland.com