Black Princeton Professor Says She Was Handcuffed To A Table By White Cops
A black Princeton professor claims she was mistreated and unfairly detained because of her race by two white police officers who searched her and handcuffed her to a table according to NY Times reports:
The police chief in Princeton, N.J., however, said the officers had followed department policy in arresting the professor, Imani Perry.
The arrest of Dr. Perry, a professor of African-American studies, and the divergent views of how it was handled have reignited a debate on social media over police tactics and racial profiling.
The arrest came after officers stopped Dr. Perry around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for driving 67 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone, Capt. Nicholas K. Sutter, the department chief, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
While Dr. Perry said in a message posted online that she was arrested over “a single parking ticket,” Captain Sutter said that the officers who stopped her — a man and a woman — learned during a routine check that her driving privileges had been suspended and a warrant had been issued for her arrest over two unpaid parking violations from 2013.
She said the male officer had performed a “body search” despite the presence of a female officer, and that she had not been allowed to make a phone call before being placed in the squad car. She was handcuffed to a table at the police station, she said.
Dr. Perry said that her accounts of the arrest had drawn abusive comments and suggestions that she had brought it on herself. At the same time, she said, she had also attracted supporters who questioned whether a white suspect would have been treated the same way.
She wrote: “There are a number of commentators online who have repeated to me an all-too-common formulation: ‘Well, if you hadn’t done anything wrong, this wouldn’t have happened.’ But this demand for behavioral perfection from Black people in response to disproportionate policing and punishment is a terrible red herring.”