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Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists' cash, cars

There are 343 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 10, 2009, titled Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists' cash, cars. In it, Newsday reports that:

You can drive into this dusty fleck of a town near the Texas-Louisiana border if you're African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it - at least not with your car, your cash, your jewelry or ...

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roosevelt bias attack

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#1 Mar 10, 2009
it's only a hate crime or bias attack if they can charge a WHITE PERSON with the crime. otherwise they could care less. imagine if it had happened in levittown! we'd never hear the end of it. now this story will soon disappear. this kind of law is obviously aimed at WHITES ONLY.
BOBBY

Orlando, FL

#5 Mar 10, 2009
brian wrote:
Why aren't these pigs being charged with theft, larceny or extortion. Why do we allow these pigs to keep there jobs???
we need them for guy/s like you.
Phillip Brame

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Mar 10, 2009
So this sort of enforcement is ok with you?
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
Sounds like this town has bad drug problems. The same practice should be applied in Hempstead, Freeport and similar towns to get a grasp on the problem.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#7 Mar 10, 2009
Phillip Brame wrote:
So this sort of enforcement is ok with you? <quoted text>
It's fine with me.

I LEVEL

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#8 Mar 10, 2009
What else is new?
Flog

Riverhead, NY

#9 Mar 10, 2009
This has been happening for years, especially near the Texas-Louisiana border. On the La. side, it resulted in all kinds of lawsuits, and as a direct result this is how dash-cams came into being, to stop the crooked cops from fleecing innocent people. Police corruption brought about the use of dash-cams.
mr stretch

United States

#10 Mar 10, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
Sounds like this town has bad drug problems. The same practice should be applied in Hempstead, Freeport and similar towns to get a grasp on the problem.
Cant wait til it happens to you...like you're
pure as the driven snow...
Phillip Brame

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Mar 10, 2009
Well it would be if you are not from this part of the country and you do not plan to travel there or you are traveling alone or without a person of color in your vehicle. I do not think that some of you OTHERS take this sort of thing seriously as long as it does not happen to you. You seem to look at it well they deserve it even if they are not convicted of a crime. I guess you think that this should be done for crimes that they may commit or for the crimes of other Blacks. I do not know I am just saying.
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
<quoted text>
It's fine with me.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#13 Mar 10, 2009
Phillip Brame wrote:
Well it would be if you are not from this part of the country and you do not plan to travel there or you are traveling alone or without a person of color in your vehicle. I do not think that some of you OTHERS take this sort of thing seriously as long as it does not happen to you. You seem to look at it well they deserve it even if they are not convicted of a crime. I guess you think that this should be done for crimes that they may commit or for the crimes of other Blacks. I do not know I am just saying. <quoted text>
The article stated that the people who were victims of this were not all black. Perhaps this is not a racial thing at all.

“Blazing Skies!!!”

Since: Sep 08

Planet Mirth

#14 Mar 10, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
Certainly sounds like the cops are criminals to me. This is no surprise to me. I'm white, and I would NEVER think of driving into a southern state since I have New York plates on my car.
You hear about this type of stuff in fiction and movies but you hope it isn't true. Then a story like this emerges and we find out that there really are Law Officers like Beuford T Justice in Smoky and the Bandit, who think they are the righteous ones and the Law can be bent if not broken. On the plus side, I didn't see any allegations that the cops are personally profiting from the siezures. Maybe, just maybe, they're a bit too zealous in performing what they think is their duty. OTOH, the racial angle is way too heavily balanced against minorities, once again reinforcing our poor misinformed Northern perceptions of what Southern Justice looks like.

Like you, Daniel, I will avoid the South, or if that isn't possible I'll make sure my whiteness shows.

“Blazing Skies!!!”

Since: Sep 08

Planet Mirth

#15 Mar 10, 2009
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
<quoted text>
The article stated that the people who were victims of this were not all black. Perhaps this is not a racial thing at all.
"Of those, Guillory said he managed to contact 40 of the motorists directly—and discovered all but one of them were black."

Yeah, one non-minority out of 40 people contacted in the story proves it's absolutely not a racial thing. NOT!!!

The casinos want to see you real soon, your being math-challenged and all.
OhWellShitHappen s

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Mar 10, 2009
Phillip Brame wrote:
So this sort of enforcement is ok with you? <quoted text>
If it helps deter or stop crime, it sure as hell is.
OhWellShitHappen s

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Mar 10, 2009
mr stretch wrote:
<quoted text>Cant wait til it happens to you...like you're
pure as the driven snow...
It won’t happen to me. I’m not as pure as the driven snow, but I sure as hell don’t traffic drugs either.

I LEVEL

Since: Nov 08

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#18 Mar 10, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
Certainly sounds like the cops are criminals to me. This is no surprise to me. I'm white, and I would NEVER think of driving into a southern state since I have New York plates on my car.
You're better off avoiding the south altogether.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#19 Mar 10, 2009
ypdave wrote:
<quoted text>
"Of those, Guillory said he managed to contact 40 of the motorists directly—and discovered all but one of them were black."
Yeah, one non-minority out of 40 people contacted in the story proves it's absolutely not a racial thing. NOT!!!
The casinos want to see you real soon, your being math-challenged and all.
Awww, you sound upset...do you want a cookie?
Publius

United States

#21 Mar 10, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
<quoted text>
If it helps deter or stop crime, it sure as hell is.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#22 Mar 10, 2009
ypdave wrote:
<quoted text>
You hear about this type of stuff in fiction and movies but you hope it isn't true. Then a story like this emerges and we find out that there really are Law Officers like Beuford T Justice in Smoky and the Bandit, who think they are the righteous ones and the Law can be bent if not broken. On the plus side, I didn't see any allegations that the cops are personally profiting from the siezures. Maybe, just maybe, they're a bit too zealous in performing what they think is their duty. OTOH, the racial angle is way too heavily balanced against minorities, once again reinforcing our poor misinformed Northern perceptions of what Southern Justice looks like.
Like you, Daniel, I will avoid the South, or if that isn't possible I'll make sure my whiteness shows.
To make a long story short, I was stopped by a cop in Ohio only 1/2 mile from the PA. line. The judge demanded a bribe to let me go back to New York. This was in 1976. My father bailed me out of jail, paid the bribe to the judge,(I had to repay the amount to my father), and I NEVER went to, or thru, Ohio again.

TRUE story.
Just Saying

Laurel, MD

#23 Mar 10, 2009
I don't know about every case involving this town, but who travels with a glass pipe used for smoking grass as a gift for their sister, and over $6,000 in CASH they claim is for buying a used car? If they possess drug paraphernalia, and have that kind of cash, no wonder the police were suspicious. How many people really buy used cars with thousands of dollars in cash, instead of credit cards or checks? Obviously it's not illegal to possess cash, but in this day and age, who carries so much around with them, besides bad guys who can't or won't use banks?
U r not so smart

Bangkok, Thailand

#24 Mar 10, 2009
NYC should do the same.
tattoo Bill

Gorinchem, Netherlands

#25 Mar 10, 2009
so what else is new in the good old USA?

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