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I Was Harassed by an Off Duty Police Officer…(Now I Get How Trayvon Martin Must Have Felt)

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On Saturday, October 26th at 10:39 a.m. I was followed and threatened by a supposed off duty police officer. It was a white woman with long red hair, driving a black jeep cherokee with the Tennessee/Shelby County license plate number G40 88L. She accused me of pulling out in front of her at a stop sign at Barksdale and Felix, to which, when I retraced my steps, I did not. She was talking on her cell phone about to turn right onto Barksdale off of Felix. I slowed down when I saw her about to turn so I wouldn’t get hit, when she stopped, I continued to drive. She blew her horn at me, I blew my horn back.

I then noticed that every turn I made, she made. She eventually followed me home, but I drove past my house and finally, after I was safely off of my street I just stopped. She pulled up alongside of me, I rolled down my window and asked, “Are you following me?” She said, “Yes, I just wanted to let you know that you ran a stop sign and almost hit me at my house. You are lucky that I am off duty right now, I just wanted to let you know that.”

I responded, “I did not almost hit you, I had the right of way. And this is how you respond, by stalking me?” She claimed she was not stalking me, to which I replied, “That’s exactly what you are doing. You have been following me, I feel threatened and that is considered stalking. I don’t care if you are off duty or were on duty, you will not harass me because I have a lawyer!” She sat there for a few seconds and then I replied, “Now, go on.” And motioned her to leave with my hand. She then pulled off and I immediately got her license plate.

I will be taking action, if she is in fact a real cop (I really don’t know what “off duty” title she was speaking of, she very well could have just been trying to blow smoke up my ass). But with her trying to be a rogue Bad Ass, she dropped off several clues as to who she is.

After I calmed down, the first thing that came to my mind was Trayvon Martin. I now have some context as to what he probably felt. I too felt afraid and angry. I turned different corners to try to see was she following me and she continued. Finally, angry, afraid and not in the mood for games, I confronted her. She threatened me with “her badge.” Thankfully, no one was hurt, but do you see how ugly this could have gotten?

Even if I ran the stop sign, she still had no right to stalk me. I am not some ignorant little black girl who does not know the law. I will not tolerate being harassed by those in power who use their badge for abuse when it was designed for them to serve and protect. I ask that you share this story! If this woman is out following people and using her badge to attempt to intimidate people anytime she feels annoyed, then she must be held accountable! #justiceforall #offdutyabuse

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Now That George Zimmerman Has Been Acquitted, What Will Black Mothers Tell Their Sons?

Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, what will black”mothers tell their sons? Much has been written about how the verdict and how racial profiling affects young African-American men, but little has been written about how it affects fearful African-American mothers struggling to cope with the verdict.

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