Philly Police Chief Copsplains Why 2 Black Men Were Cuffed in Starbucks Viral Video Incident


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Police across the country just can’t seem to break out their M.O. of enforcing and reinforcing this country’s longstanding, irrational fear of black bodies.

As noted in a recent column, black people are pretty much criminalized for breathing in the United States. (That, and standing, sitting, sleeping, walking, and 45 some other odd “things.”)

Latest case in point: On Thursday, two black real estate agents in Philadelphia were cuffed and led out of a Starbucks—the epitome of loitering space—because employees at the store called the police after the men allegedly wanted to use the bathroom but did not buy anything.

A white barista apparently pulled rank and called the police, one of the most dangerously aggressive things one can do to a black…

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