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A young man about 18 years old answered the door, partially opening it and peering out at my partner and me. She took him to the ledge of the porch and, still holding him by the throat, punched him hard in the face and then in the groin.
My partner that day snatched an 18-year-old kid off crutches and assaulted him, simply for stating the fact that he was home alone. But because an aid call had gone out, several other officers had arrived on the scene.
The officer I was with asked him if he'd seen where the suspect went. He said that this was his family's home and he was home alone.
The officer picked a house on the block we were on, and we went to it and knocked on the door. My partner then forced the door the rest of the way open, grabbed him by his throat, and snatched him out of the house onto the front porch.
The officer then told him again to get moving to the police car on the street because he was under arrest.
The young man told him one last time, in a pleading tone that was somehow angry at the same time, "You see I can't go! These kinds of scenes play themselves out everyday all over our country in black and brown communities.
That remaining 70 percent of officers are highly susceptible to the culture in a given department.
Here's what I wish Americans understood about the men and women who serve in their police departments — and what needs to be done to make the system better for everyone. Louis in the mid-1990s, I responded to a call for an "officer in need of aid." I was partnered that day with a white female officer.The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with. Based on what I experienced as a black man serving in the St.