The Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked state officials to investigate after a black man was arrested by the police while he was moving to his home. Then he was allegedly harassed for weeks and prevented by the police chief from filing allegations of the race. 19659002 Karle Robinson, a 61-year-old marine veteran, was handcuffed at gunpoint in August when he carried a TV from a hired moving van into the house He had bought a month earlier in Tonganoxie, about 48 kilometers west of Kansas City.
"I would like to see these cops and this chief lose their jobs because this was not required ̵
He added If he were white, "we would not have this conversation right now."
The ACLU of Kansas said in a press release about it was a case of "move black" and that the organization has asked the Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate the matter or to address the group's complaint to the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training The Attorney General's Office stated in a statement sent by e-mail that it reviews the letter of the ACLU and in accordance with Kansas Law to the Commission
Robinson believes his imprisonment is more due to his race was lead than on the reasonable suspicion that he has committed a theft, "said Lauren Bonds, the legal director of the ACLU of Kansas, in the release of the group. "It also appears that the police chief has prevented Mr. Robinson from submitting a credible, legitimate complaint and this is not in line with the reporting and receiving standards. He must not interfere with citizens who submit complaints.
The incident in which Robinson was involved is one of the most recent examples of situations in which law enforcement agencies had contact with or had contact with African Americans. In Chicago, a suburb of Evanston, Illinois, city officials approved a $ 1.2 million settlement with a black man who was sued after the police attacked and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be a proved his own.
Tonganoxie Chief of Police Greg Lawson said in an e-mailed statement that the department had fully cooperated with Robinson and the ACLU in investigating the incident.
"We believe that the ACLU's correspondence to the Attorney General's office contains several inaccurate charges," Lawson said, without elaborating on it. He added that the department would work with the Attorney General or the Commission "if an investigation is considered justified."
The chief said the safety of the people who live in the city and those who visit them , is important to the department and the officers and other employees have "all promised to serve the community with honor and the highest professionalism."
The city of 5,400 inhabitants in northeastern Kansas is 97 percent white, showing census figures.
In a letter to the Prosecutor General on Thursday, the ACLU said the police stopped Robinson hours ago when he drove home and warned him that the rental car's headlights were off. He arrived home shortly after midnight on August 19 and made numerous trips in and out of the house, carrying items from the van that was parked outside. Robinson claims that an officer drove past his house five or six times within two hours.
When he was on television at two o'clock, Robinson was approached by an officer, pulling the last item from the van into the driveway. During the incident, which was taken with a police camera, the policeman pulled his gun and asked Robinson to turn off the TV.
"I just bought this house," said Robinson, following the officer's order regarding the television. 19659002] "You've just bought this house and are moving in at four in the morning?" Said the officer.
Robinson told the officer he had paperwork in the house, which would prove he was the owner.
The officer asked Robinson to go to the house and place his hands on his head. Then he handcuffed Robinson.
When the arrest occurred, the officer and a second officer entered the house, took out the paperwork, and took Robinson's handcuffs off. The officers helped Robinson carry the TV in the house after asking her.
The police told Robinson that there had been a series of burglaries in the area. The video from the body camera shows an officer apologizing to Robinson and saying, "If you look at the situation, I think I think you understand." The officers thanked Robinson for his cooperation.
Robinson, who is retired and volunteer as a radio DJ on a radio station in Kansas City, told the AP on Thursday that he considers it a half-hearted apology.
"But I mean, that's not the point. It should not have happened in the first place, "he said.
The ACLU claims that the public records showed no reported break-ins in the area, and after the incident, the Tonganoxie police regularly patrolled its block for weeks after the incident, Almost every evening, she parked her patrol car directly opposite and followed him for more than 11 kilometers (11 miles) until he reached the highway, claiming that Lawson, the police chief, had also prevented him from raising a racial reproach in October He said the harassment stopped after he complained to the Kansas City Star.
"Any of these incidents would be affected if he were independent "The ACLU said in a letter to the Prosecutor General's Office." Together they strike a penetrating A culture of racial bias and systemic process failure within the Tonganoxie Police Department. "