Banking While Black: D.C. Police Handcuffs Black Teen After Caller Said He Looked 'Suspicious'

Banking While Black: D.C. Police Handcuffs Black Teen After Caller Said He Looked 'Suspicious'

History has shown that "shopping while Black," "laughing while Black" or "driving while Black" are considered criminal simply because African-Americans are not seen as human beings who are free to enjoy normal everyday activities. Now we can add banking while Black to that growing list.

Published October 15, 2015

History has shown that "shopping while Black," "laughing while Black" or "driving while Black" are considered criminal by some simply because African-Americans are not seen as human beings free to enjoy normal everyday activities. Now we can add "banking while Black" to that growing list. 

Jason Goolsby, an 18-year-old student at the University of D.C., was handcuffed outside of a Citibank on Monday in the District after a woman thought he and his friends were moving suspiciously.

“This whole thing is making my head spin,” Goolsby said to the Washington Post.

Goolsby had intended to enter a bank to take out money but rethought his decision. The woman was alarmed by the fact he lingered for several seconds and so she decided to call the police. The woman reportedly said on the 911 transcript that, "we just left but we felt like if we had taken money out we might've gotten robbed," the Washington Post reports. 

When officers arrived, Goolsby was taken down to the ground. In the video, shown above and which quickly went viral on Twitter, he could be heard yelling while his friend filming the incident repeated, "He didn't do anything." Goolsby was handcuffed but when officers realized Goolsby and his friends were not involved in a possible robbery, they decided not to arrest him.  

Protests were held Tuesday in D.C. in Goolsby's name, even though at the time of his interview with the Post he was not aware of any demonstrations.


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Written by Natelege Whaley

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