Friday, April 25, 2014

AfraidofDark: How the CIA and Local Police Repress Men of Color

 So recently we interviewed the Awesome FilmMaker Mya Baker a.k.a Mya B about her new documentary "Afraid of Dark" which tells the plight of Men of Color being racially stereotyped and profiled in many communities across the country thus why this article caught our attention. Check it out and also please visit the Kickstarter for the Documentary "Afraid of Dark" by Mya B and fund it, VERY important..Here is the link to the website for the film:

 reporting by:PrivacySOS

Local police departments employ a disturbingly similar logic when they designate people—mostly young men of color in cities—“gang members”. In Massachusetts, for example, police operate a gang database called MassGangs. In order for police to list someone in such databases as a gang member, officers must add up a number of ‘points’. Among those points are things like: standing on a certain street corner, having certain tattoos, wearing certain clothes, associating or being seen with certain people, or making certain hand gestures. You’ll also get a point against you if someone alleges you are involved in a gang—even if that person isn’t telling the truth.

Once you’re classified as a “gang member” in a secret police database—many of which are now run out of the nearly 100 ‘fusion centers’ established by DHS nationwide—you may be subject to invasive surveillance, lose your rights not to be harassed on the street or in your home, and even face harsher criminal penalties. In most places, police can use a gang member designation to assert reasonable suspicion for stopping someone on the street.

In Los Angeles, prosecutors reportedly used identifications in gang databases to push for harsh sentencing. Being listed as a gang member can also impact one’s ability to get public housing assistance or even to visit people who live in public housing, including one’s own family. Increasingly, as the school-to-prison pipeline becomes more entrenched in our education system nationwide, children are being fed into gang databases through school-based surveillance and arrests. Officers also now use Facebook to track the social networks of young people, making secret determinations about who is in a gang based on public posts and friend networks.

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