A video showing Ramapo, New York, police pointing a weapon at four Black parole officers was released by The Journal News. It is the latest in a string of visuals exposing police misconduct around the country.
The incident occurred last April at a busy intersection near Route 59 in the Rockland County town. At least five Ramapo police officers say they were responding to a report of individuals wearing bulletproof vests, The Journal News reports. In the video, Ramapo police surround the Black officers and their actions following are now at the center of a federal lawsuit filed against them and the town of Ramapo.
One officer pulled out his weapon and pointed at the parole officers' vehicle. Another officer reached in the vehicle, reports say, while another approached the group while holding a rifle.
"If these guys aren't safe, imagine what a young Black man feels about interacting with the police," said Damon Jones, the New York representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, according to the The Journal News. "They have no chance."
The Ramapo police say that the officers did not alert the department to let them know they would be in town for an arrest and their car was not marked. But some are questioning why they were still being held six minutes after being identified as state police and whether race had anything to do with that.
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