Could this happen at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave one day soon? I hope I'm over reacting and the word that is not stated in this story printed in the Chicago Sun Times is not "Nigger". Well the story is printed below so you can decide.
Mom tells rude cops: 'His name is not boy'
January 13, 2008
BY MARY MITCHELL Sun-Times Columnist
Dear Supt. Weis: I'm still not sure you grasp the level of frustration that exists among some black residents in Chicago. So here is an example of the kind of calls I get from African Americans on a regular basis.
LaWanda Jordan is a black single mother of four who lives in a neighborhood near Midway Airport. There are only two black families on the block in a community that is predominantly Hispanic and white.
On Dec. 11, Jordan was shaken awake about midnight when police officers showed up at her apartment building looking for a young black male.
'Do you have n - - - - - - in the building?'
"Do you have a black family in the building? Do you have n - - - - - - in the building?" one white police officer allegedly asked the landlord, who lives on the first floor.
Jordan said she ran to her door and put her hand on the top of the chain and her foot against the door.
"What is this concerning?" Jordan asked.
"We need to talk to him NOW. You don't ask the damn questions, you just answer the questions," he allegedly replied.
Apparently, 12 police officers and two detectives were investigating a shooting that occurred 35 blocks from where Jordan lives.
Although her son Paul Turner had been home all evening, Jordan said she sent her daughter to her son's bedroom to wake him up. He came to the door in his boxer shorts. When the teen told police he had been home all night, an officer allegedly said: "Don't get cute with me, boy."
"I told him his name is not boy," Jordan said.
None of the officers was black, Jordan told me. One of the cops allegedly put his foot about three feet over the threshold of her door.
"You don't have a warrant," Jordan, a mortgage collector, told the officer. At that, an officer allegedly told another officer: "I will pull this black b - - - - down the stairs."
"You'll do what?" Jordan said she asked the officer.
As it turns out, an unidentified witness whom the officers brought to Jordan's door to identify her son told police that he was not the person they were looking for and, in fact, police should have been looking for an adult male.
"There were nearly 15 police officers in my hallway trying to railroad my son, being belligerent, calling me out of my name, using racial slurs and trying to accuse him of a violent crime," Jordan told me.
"They used intimidation and scare tactics," she said. "I feel my civil rights were violated."
After the officers abruptly left, Jordan said, she followed them to the street and asked some of them for their names and badge numbers.
"They covered up their badges and name tags," she said, adding that a female officer ignored her and jumped into a squad car and drove off.
The next day, Jordan filed a report with the city's new Independent Police Review Authority.
Jordan suspects that her 14-year-old son had been targeted by one of the Hispanic officers who had once confronted him in a mix-up over a bike. She now worries that her two sons -- one a 19-year-old college student -- will be harassed by police.
Waiting for police review
Although her story was recently profiled on the front page of the Chicago Defender, nothing has yet been done to address the cops' behavior. She was contacted by an investigator with the authority, but still has not had an interview. She said an investigator assigned to her case told her she didn't work weekends. "My children are at school between 8 and 3 p.m., and I am at work. Looks like to me, the investigator could have come in on a Saturday or have given the case to someone else."
Ilana Rosenzweig, head of the the authority, said there was an apparent miscommunication.
"All of our investigators work shifts that have them working a weekend rotating schedules" she said. She also conceded that "it has been difficult to get the resources to do interviews in the field."
"We want to give this investigation as timely attention as we can, and that is always our goal," she said.
Meanwhile, the accused police officers are still on the street.
So you see, Supt. Weis, it is not just the questionable police shootings and allegations of blatant police brutality that have created a culture of distrust among some of the city's citizens.
It is also the large doses of disrespect that some of those citizens are forced to swallow.
Wishing you the best,
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