- This is the 11th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”. Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo”, “Gardening While Black”, “Cashing a Check While Black”, “Wrestling While Black”, “Calling While Black”, “Waiting for AAA While Black”, “Eating Yogurt While Black”, “Taking the SAT While Black”, and “Picking up Trash While Black”
- In this edition, a White Policeman in Kansas handcuffed a Black Man who was moving into his own home.
Karle Robinson had been moving into his newly-purchased home for hours. At 2:30 a.m., on Aug. 19, he was carrying the last item – a 45-inch television set – inside when a Tonganoxie, Kansas, officer pulled up to investigate what he suspected was a burglary in progress.
Eight months after Robinson was handcuffed and detained, he wants the involved White Police officers fired. On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas demanded the state attorney general investigate what it described as deep-rooted racial bias by the Tonganoxie Police Department.
The department tells a different story: White Police Officer Brady Adams stumbled upon a lone man, carrying a television near an empty van, at 2:30 a.m. and suspected he had caught a burglar in the act . Claiming he had “reasonable suspicion” Black Man Robinson was committing a crime, Adams drew his gun and ordered the native Kansan and retired Marine to put down the TV; Robinson complied, trying to explain that he owned the home.
Hmmmmm, what “reasonable suspicion”, Hmmmmmm: a Black Man man carrying a TV at 2:30 AM by an empty van. Now that’s surely a crime in process! Hmmmmmmmm.
The White Police Officer Adams asked Black Man Robinson if he had any weapons on him and, after patting him down, White Police Officer Adams handcuffed the 61-year-old Black Man and called for Back Up.
A different White Police Officer Shane Pfannenstiel and White Sergeant Collin Clair arrived soon. They confirmed that Robinson was the homeowner. Robinson was uncuffed, and the officers apologized for the trouble, citing burglaries in the area, and helped him carry the television inside.
Sarkes ponders: Is this recent bevy of incidents “While Black in America” a coincidence? Hmmmmmmm