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In recognition of the fortitude of those on the front lines; in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and so many others whose lives have been cut short by police violence...…

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Over the next few days we will highlight direct quotes about police violence from participants in our studies.

Since this material can be traumatic, we will use the hashtag #POCbeingPoliced throughout this series so you can mute it any time.
"We did this protest... [the police] detained my friend who was the only black man with us.... without giving any reason. They throw him on the ground, start handcuffing him. We’re all, like, 'We’re these 15 people... Why are you detaining him?'" #POCbeingPoliced #BLUEFALL
"The cop, he’s like, 'Come here....' He gets out of the car. I’m 13. He grabs me by my hair, grabs me on my arm, shoves me on the car, like banging my face on there... They didn’t tell me anything."
- Jasmine
"I’m in my pajamas... Didn’t do anything.. And they just lay us down on the ground…They put cuffs on us... They said that some neighbor had called and said that me and my friend were people who had robbed him" #POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
"I've had friends raped by cops. I've had friends beaten by cops… It has a lot to do with LGBT, a lot to do with being a person of color" #POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
Some resources for research on police use of force as a public health issue…
"Women of color are forced to be a lot more tough and self-sufficient than anyone else. And I think that really bothers the egos of a lot of cops... And they start treating you like you’re hostile."
- Frida
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
"Just the being, you know, a Black man - I feel like it kind of does put more of a target on your back for the police. It’s almost like they’re looking for you to do something wrong and if you’re involved with something that’s not, you know, wholesome.”
- Joe
"Aside from situations I’ve been through, I’ve lost family to police brutality. I’ve lost friends, you know... And I try to avoid them at all costs. Like if I don’t have to deal with them, I just don’t."
- CeCe
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
"The blacker you are in the US, the more, in my opinion, historically – the more likely society will mistreat you. And the police officers, because they evolved from slave patrols, have been taught to over-criminalize and over-violate Black bodies"
- Clay
"I had this curly hair. So many different ways to put in a weave… [The officer] grabbed my hair, slammed me on the ground... my face is up against the concrete.. He ripped three tracks when he did that... I felt like I was a nothing."
- Kelly
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
“We were driving back to the university for class. I get pulled over. A woman cop gets out of the car, European American... She talks briefly. She goes back to her car and calls 4 other cop cars... I’m a student here, and I’m surrounded by 5 cop cars."
"As a black person, I have to watch what I do. I can’t necessarily walk around with my hood on at night… especially with cops being out... I have to be careful with certain things so I don’t get the racial discrimination."
"It’s one of those, live fast, die young, don’t give a f*** attitude... we are going to die anyway, whether it’s on a motorcycle... or murdered by the cops"
- Jay
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
I was on BART with my girlfriend, and some white man... was like 'Could you go somewhere else?'... I was like 'That was disrespectful'... He called the police... we got off the BART, and the police just came over and pinned us down."
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
"With black young men getting killed for nothing... I worry so much about him getting pulled over, and something just escalating, you know, for no sort of reason. It’s a worry that initially even stopped him from transitioning..."
(On calling the police after being robbed):
"[The officer] seemed so bothered with, like, doing his job... he refused to use my pronouns... Being someone of color who is also transgender... it’s frustrating, because they’re here to help, even though they don’t."
"I’ve seen cops really beat the hell out of people....I’ve had a cop…choke me. They get away with it, too, because they can do anything, they can say anything and get away with it."
#POCbeingPoliced #PoliceViolence
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