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    Two Adults Harassed While in A Parked Car By Wilmington Police Department

    It was today on December 29, 2013 at 2 a.m. 25-year-old, African American Jasmine Hamlin and 23-year-old African American Keith Hale were both coming from a birthday party located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two had pulled up in front of Hale’s home located on West 3rd street in Wilmington, Delaware, which is known to be a tough neighborhood. Thinking they were going to have a normal conversation while sitting in the car, two officers,one male and female from the WPD (Wilmington Police Department) had other plans. Jasmine Hamlin sat in her white Chrysler 300 parked in front of the home didn’t realize what would happened next. While Hamlin and Hale were talking two officers approached the car asking questions.

    The officers both seemed to be in a rage while asking Hamlin for her license. She complied but wondered why she was even being bothered since her car was parked. Hamlin states, “ The female officer came to my side and male officer came to Keith’s side of the car. She was rude; she snatched my license from my hand and rolled her eyes. She kept saying, “ You people like to pop off.” Hamlin began to get scared as the officers kept harassing her and Hale. In a calming tone Hamlin asked the female officer for her I.D. and name, but the officer refused to give it to her and stated, “ For what? What do you need my card for my sergeant is right there .You people like to pop-off.” The male officer was on Hale’s side of the car asking him questions and letting him know that he had a warrant for his arrest, which wasn’t true. Hale states, “ I don’t have a warrant for my arrest officer.” The officer argued him down telling him otherwise. “ He was trying to agitate me and get me to run but I had no reason to. I wasn’t going to run for him to shoot me. I had no warrants or anything out on me, Hale states. “ Because of where I live cops harass me often. It’s a recurring thing, it happens about five times a month and I could just be sitting on my porch, Hale says.” “ They never told us why, the only thing they said was “ we are doing our jobs” Hamlin says.

    The Mayor of the city of Wilmington, Dennis Williams, did pass the stop and frisk notion here in the city, but not for parked cars. Hamlin and Hale were sitting in her car talking and the police came out of nowhere and began questioning them. They had no alcohol on them, none on their breath, no drugs on them, so, why the sudden interrogation? Hale even asked the male officer for his name and he too wouldn’t give him an answer. He just kept saying, “ You people”. The cops realized that they didn’t have any warrants for their arrest. When they got in their car and sped off, Hamlin was in tears and afraid at what just happened. Hamlin states, in her social media post, “I went from a free African American to a NIGGER within the matter of seconds. I was harassed by the police last night and I was the right person for them to mess with! This won't get swept under the rug. I never felt so black and belittled ever in my life. They had no reason what so ever. Went as far as them saying "you people".

    Hamlin is a painter, fashion designer, and a member of Chains, Inc a non-profit organization that helps the youth of Wilmington, Delaware. And Hale is in a rap group called “UMG” (Union Music Group). His group focuses on the injustice that happens in Wilmington, Delaware. Collectively they both want Wilmington, Delaware to be a better and safe place for the community and youth. Racial profiling needs to stop. Hamlin states, “ I never had anything like this happen to me ever. I often heard stories of it happening to other people that I know, but not to me. At least until today.”

    Racial profiling is happening more frequently then normal. Hollywood actors Cherie Johnson and Dennis White were racially profiled in Marion County, South Carolina where the two were stopped for being black. Their incident is currently undergoing investigation. Racial profiling is happening all over the world, let’s take a stand and be against it. If we can’t stand for something we will fall for anything.

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