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Riding on the swim team bus wearing swim team jacket while black

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by essentialsaltes, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

    Legal Union (Other)
    Though it was hot inside the bus, the temperature outside was in the teens as the hour approached 8 p.m. Butler, wearing his EIU team jacket, was heading back onto the bus when his coach suggested he take a selfie in front of Illinois' "BUCKLE UP, IT'S THE LAW" sign. The team had been taking pictures throughout the trip and posting them to social media to update parents and others on their location.

    "As I took the picture, there was a line of police officers ... they came to a screeching stop in front of me," Butler said. "At that moment, I only knew a couple things to do that my dad always told me."

    As a young black man, he had been taught by his dad to never give police a reason to think he would cause trouble. He remembered the lessons, and he dropped his phone, raised his hands, and got on the ground.

    Bus driver Todd Slingerland knew immediately that something was going wrong.

    "I was sitting in the driver's seat, waiting for the parents to get there, and Jaylan was the last one to get back on the bus," Slingerland said. "A car screamed in, and I jumped out of the bus, knowing something was going down that shouldn't be going down.

    "As I got out, a second police car came screaming in."

    Two officers had Jaylan on the ground — his face pressed into the snow and an officer's knee pressed into his back. One cop was pointing a shotgun, Butler and Slingerland said, and another had a gun pointed at the 19-year-old's head.

    "He said, 'If you move, I'll blow your (expletive) head off,'" Butler said.
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  2. GOD Shines Forth!

    GOD Shines Forth! Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I really liked this comment on that article (at the OP link)...

    "Unbelievable! May the fear, disappointment, sadness, and humiliation he endured during this incident become a part of his past and have no affect on his future, In Jesus Name.

    May God visit those officers in their dreams and move their hearts towards love and forgiveness.

    Mr. Butler, you are fearfully, and wonderfully created by God...keep your head up! It was meant for your good...expect it."
  3. Trogdor the Burninator

    Trogdor the Burninator Senior Veteran

    I think lawsuits - really big expensive ones that threaten to bankrupt counties - are the only way this kind of coward cop behaviour will stop.