From Bob Herbert’s New York Times Op-Ed piece today “Arrested While Grieving”:

No one is paying much attention, but parts of New York City are like a police state for young men, women and children who happen to be black or Hispanic. They are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, intimidated, humiliated and, in many cases, arrested for no good reason…

Herbert, whose excellent and persistent coverage of the Tulia cases uncovered that scandal, goes on to report about black teenagers, excused from school to attend the wake of a murdered friend, who were suddenly arrested for no reason. Or, wait, I guess there was a reason…

Many of the kids were wearing white T-shirts with a picture of the dead teenager and the letters “R.I.P.” on them. The cops cited the T-shirts as evidence of gang membership.

No need to comment further really. You either get it, or you don’t.  If it weren’t so outrageous, the whole thing would be laughable.

Same Topic, Other Bloggers: Donkey O.D., PREA Prez, Simple Justice.

[No link to the Op-Ed given here, because, unfortunately, the NYT makes this a pay option only.]