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Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:34 PM

 

Reading while black: Canadian man stopped by police after reading a book in his car

Louizandre Dauphin was having a tough week.

The Bathurst, New Brunswick, director of parks, recreation and tourism says he'd been thinking about the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, and needed to get out of his apartment.

In an Instagram post, Dauphin wrote, "I decided to take a drive to the Stonehaven Wharf and sit by the water on this cold, rainy July day and try to pacify my mind by reading the works of Timothy Keller and C.S. Lewis."

On his drive back home, he was pulled over by an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

"Thankfully, he is kind and respectful and asks me the usual questions; where I'm from and where I'm going," Dauphin wrote. "I tell him that I was at the Stonehaven Wharf reading a book pointing to the two books in the passenger seat. He smiles and says that a few citizens in Janeville called the police because of a suspicious black man in a white car was parked at the Wharf for a couple hours."

After verifying Dauphin's identity, the police officer let the former high school English teacher go.

"So, a black male, sitting in his car, reading a book is suspicious activity," Dauphin wrote. "Good to know. At this rate, I may never leave my home again." He ended the post (below) with the hashtag "#DangerousNegro.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-reading-while-black-20160712-snap-htmlstory.html

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Reply Reading while black: Canadian man stopped by police after reading a book in his car (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 OP
zz-la Jul 2016 #1
Warpy Jul 2016 #5
Nay Jul 2016 #8
Stuart G Jul 2016 #2
JI7 Jul 2016 #3
Cali_Democrat Jul 2016 #4
uponit7771 Jul 2016 #6
niyad Jul 2016 #9
Travis_0004 Jul 2016 #7

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:42 PM

1. As easy as it it to just blame the cop in this instance

An equal if not larger share of blame should also go to the people who called the cops in the first place. So many times it is just citizens who are even more racists than the cops that pull innocent people over for no other reason than their skin color. I wish we could find out who these people or the person was that called the police. I would certainly like to know. Perhaps putting these peoples names out in the public might have some kind deterrent for other racists idiots who think nothing of calling the cops on a black man that is doing nothing wrong.

They probably think it is funny that this man was hassled and who knows what else they may have imagined happening in their sick and twisted minds.

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Response to zz-la (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:48 PM

5. Stupid morons called it in, the cop was obligated to check it out

Since it's Canada, he didn't pull his gun and scream "GET OUT OF THE CAR!!" at the poor guy.

Fault lies 100% with the assholes who called this in. What a world they live in, if "black man reading" is suspicious activity.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 07:28 PM

8. Exactly. The mountie is required to check it out, but here, obviously, the

officer knows how to treat a citizen and act like a human being.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:45 PM

2. What can one say????...nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:48 PM

3. the "concerned ciTizens" again

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 05:52 PM

6. Another racially biased stop by LEO, a person "reading" someone rises to the level of having to have

... an interaction with the person?!?!

I'm thinking this would be low on the priority list...

WTF man

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 09:03 PM

9. "concerned citizens" called in to complain.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 06:19 PM

7. Im white and have had cops check me out for suspicious activity while reading

 

They said that people in tge area have been dong drungs in their car in the past so they stopped to check it out. It was a short stop and he was on his way.

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