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Incarcerated, police harassed for being Black in Daly City

May 27, 2012

Emergency press conference for justice for all Black and Brown warriors and Shaleem, who is still incarcerated, in front of Redwood City Courthouse, 400 County Center, Wednesday, June 6, 12 noon, co-sponsored by POOR Magazine and Idriss Stelley Foundation

by Tony Robles, Poor News Network

Lying to a cop or concealing the truth from one is the equivalent of assaulting a cop. Shaleem Tindle withheld his identity from cops for fear of the deadly consequences that face young men of color who encounter the police for even the smallest perceived or fabricated infractions.

Shaleem Tindle sits in jail in San Mateo, another young brother living the American nightmare of being young and Black, targeted and profiled by men covered in skin of cold blue. Shaleem was a passenger in a car which included his mother. Shaleem’s father was the driver. The family was traveling near the Cow Palace in Daly City, just over the San Francisco city line, when they were stopped.

You know the feeling – blinking red lights, siren, the cops taking their sweet time getting out – a moment of fear in knowing you are at the mercy of these men in uniforms that make for the most hideous of skin. It is a moment where you could die or be seriously hurt because your own skin is that of the people who are darker than blue.

You know you are at the mercy of these men in uniforms that make for the most hideous of skin. It is a moment where you could die or be seriously hurt because your own skin is that of the people who are darker than blue.

The family was pulled over. In the car were Shaleem and family members – father, mother, 13-year-old daughter, daughter in law and her child. An officer peered into the window of the vehicle and noticed that the child was not in a car seat. Shaleem’s mother informed the officer that the child’s mother had been in a car that stalled and that the family had picked her up and that there wasn’t room in the vehicle for the car seat.

An interrogation ensued with one of the three officers shining his light in the back seat of the car, then asking the driver, Mr. Reed, age 47, if he was on probation or on parole. Mr. Reed, husband, father and grandfather of those in the car, responded in the negative. The cop ran a check on his license and it came back with nothing outstanding.

Another officer asked Mr. Reed’s wife if she had a license, to which she responded, “I wasn’t driving.” Her license was in her briefcase in the trunk. She gave the cop her name. He ran a check and it came back clear. The cops then asked Shaleem his name. He responded by giving an alias.

The cops then asked Shaleem to get out of the car, an order with which he complied. He was told to put his hands behind his back.

Shaleem questioned why he was being ordered to do this. Shaleem was slammed in the back of the car where the police hit him in the face, the back of the head – all the in presence of his family. They threw him to the ground, put his hands behind his back, to which he responded by crying out, “You’re hurting me!”

Shaleem was then tazed. “Don’t hurt my child,” his mother cried out. Shaleem was told to get to his feet, but he was immobilized with excruciating pain in his chest, ribs and wrist. He requested to be taken to the hospital.

Afterwards, an officer ordered all the family members from the car, whereupon it was searched. Nothing was found.

Shaleem’s mother requested that the children be allowed back into the car, as it was cold outside. An officer was questioning the daughter, asking her for “the guy’s name,” her relationship to him and the spelling of his name. The officer was referring to Shaleem.

She responded that the young man’s name was Shaleem Tindle and that he was on probation. Several officers were dispatched. An ambulance was called and the family was told to get into the car and leave.

The family had been stopped initially for not having a child in a car seat, yet a ticket was not issued. Everyone had their seat belts on.

Shaleem is being detained with supposed holds on his immigration status and other excuses that are completely false. Shaleem’s family is desperately working to get him released from custody. You can help by contacting the San Mateo Police Department.

Words from the fierce mama of Shaleem Tindle, warrior Yolanda Banks: “There comes a time in the parent’s life, as well as the young adult’s life, that something will spark in their hearts that something needs to be done, through letters or phone calls. Because if they haven’t yet experienced it, someday they or their parents will.

“They should take this personally as to our children being put in the spotlight and clean swept right into the prisons, hospitals or graveyards. The destiny of the coming-on generation lies in our hands to bring about a change, according to the law and to be cautious when it’s not exercised by this generation.

All parents “should take this personally as to our children being put in the spotlight and clean swept right into the prisons, hospitals or graveyards. The destiny of the coming-on generation lies in our hands.” – Yolanda Banks

“If the system continues to build a negative portfolio on our children, then it will be accustomed to taking their lives and incarcerating them. Consider what is going on, how lawless cops are being woven into the fabric of this administration. Why don’t you do something about it?”

Tony Robles is co-editor with Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of POOR Magazine and its many projects. He can be reached at tonyrobles1964@hotmail.com.

 

5 thoughts on “Incarcerated, police harassed for being Black in Daly City

  1. @RenaldoRickett

    Sounds like a typical stop in th daily life of Black people in the bay are,it's the alledged liberal armof the city where Black youth are killed regularly. The bay are liberal myth isd a facade. When a brown shirt policman on Bart shoots a Black youth in the back, face down and does 11 months. Why aren't these liberals making these juries, these are programmed kangaroo courts,with predictable outcomess.Even with preponderance of evidence you can't win, caught on tape the case of Oscar Grant and he sitll lierally walks. The fix is in the jury is rigged and the unpunished" brown shirt" -goes free.Not much has changed since Emitt Teal, they continue to execute Black people in society at an alarming speed is the only change I've seen.

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  2. serious2020

    Why was this family stopped? No one could have seen that the child wasn't in a car seat until the car was stopped. Not having a child in a car seat isn't a federal offense. Asking the driver of the car if he was on probation or parole because of a child not in a car seat is insulting and abusive and profiling. No white male w/ family would have been stopped at all much less questioned under these circumstances. And even if everyone in the car was on probation or parole, the cops wouldn't have known this until the car was stopped, unless the information was somehow attached to their license plate numbers, which shouldn't have been run anyway w/o probable cause…Besides, unless I'm very much mistaken, being on probation or parole – unless specifically stated somewhere – does not preclude one from driving w/ family. This entire situation is a case of racial profiling of an entire family solely because they are Afrikan. And questioning minors w/o either probable cause or the authorization and consent of the parents would be seen as illegal if the family were white, in fact, this is something that would not have happened to a white family at all. More 1857 Dred Scott Decision backlash… Terrorism IS law in the Afrikan community. I'm glad that the Banks family members are all still alive. Obviously we will have to come up with innovative ways of protecting ourselves from blatant racial profiling – among other things – until we are free. Big UPs to POOR News Network & the SF BAYVIEW for reporting this!

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  3. serious2020

    Are there any stop and frisk laws in California? NY cops are being sued behind crap like this…

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  4. Renaldo Ricketts

    . This bay is not as liberal as many are led to believe. Those who don't live here presume SF is a laissez fair atmosphere of democratic intergration.This is the liberal myth perpetuated by disinformation in mass media.The city is not a melting pot, if so, someone certainly forgot to bring the matches for the soup.
    The bay are liberal myth is but a facade. When a brown shirt policman on Bart shoots a Black youth in the back, face down and does 11 months.This is what i call tragic pathetic,the Oscar Grant case.
    Whycan't we get liberals making these juries, these are programmed kangaroo courts,with predictable outcomess. Even with preponderance of evidence you can't win, caught on tape the case of Oscar Grant and the vigilante cop still walks. The fix is in the jury there is no punishment iand the unpunished" brown shirt" -goes free.Not much has changed since Emitt Teal, they continue to execute Black people in society at an alarming speed.It must be in there genes and jeans.

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