Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Boston Globe)   Black man tries to board airplane in Boston. He should know better, seeing as how he is the ACLU's expert on racial profiling   (boston.com) divider line 218
    More: Obvious  
•       •       •

23196 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Dec 2007 at 11:08 AM (7 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



218 Comments   (+0 »)
   

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | Last | Show all
 
2007-12-04 09:18:27 AM  
If he's not guilty of anything then why is he so black?

/looks around
//runs away
 
2007-12-04 09:47:30 AM  
Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal.

Downing, an attorney who serves as national coordinator of the ACLU's Campaign Against Racial Profiling, said that after he agreed to show his driver's license, the troopers asked to see his airline ticket. He was then allowed to leave, and no charges were filed against him.

Logan officials say race played no role in the decision to question Downing. The first trooper to ask him for identification was black, and three of the four officers who arrived later also were black, court documents indicated. The first trooper said he became suspicious when he saw Downing watching him.


I wonder if an 'attorney who serves as national coordinator of the ACLU's Campaign Against Racial Profiling' might have an axe to grind? Maybe the airports should just drop security, it would make the lines much faster.
 
2007-12-04 09:52:51 AM  
Downing, please!!!!
 
2007-12-04 10:05:28 AM  
God Bless the ACLU if they can do ANYTHING to stop the TSA and airport cops from being such worthless, useless assholes.

I refer you to the soldiers escorting the body of a dead soldier who had to strip because their medals set of the detectors, as an example.
 
2007-12-04 10:29:38 AM  
FTFA: Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal.

When he declined, Downing said, he was told to leave the airport, but was then stopped again. He was surrounded by four state troopers and told he was under arrest for not failing to produce identification.

...

Downing was stopped "for no apparent reasons other than his appearance," said Peter Krupp, one of his attorneys. "He knew his rights, and he knew he had done nothing wrong."


No, he got treated like any other human-cattle would be treated for leaving the secure area and refusing to give identification upon return.
Also according to TFA "The first trooper to ask him for identification was black, and three of the four officers who arrived later also were black, court documents indicated. The first trooper said he became suspicious when he saw Downing watching him".

Sounds like this asshat thinks it is racist to be treated like everyone else. Shiat like this, as well as their stubborn support for Affirmative Action, are the reasons I'll never join the ACLU.
 
2007-12-04 11:00:19 AM  
Logan sucks, and the people who work there are assholes. Whether they profile I don't know.
 
2007-12-04 11:05:35 AM  
S'mo fo butter layin' to the bone. Jackin' me up...Tightly!
 
2007-12-04 11:05:59 AM  
King Downing

He should be detained by law enforcement officials for that name.
 
2007-12-04 11:08:19 AM  
UberDave: S'mo fo butter layin' to the bone. Jackin' me up...Tightly!

img139.imageshack.us
 
2007-12-04 11:12:59 AM  
oooh, uppity minorities vs. TSA, a tough one for farkers to choose sides on. let's sit back and see where this goes.
 
2007-12-04 11:13:28 AM  
Thats not Racial Profiling its the TSA

i'd have gotten Jacked up the same way
 
2007-12-04 11:13:43 AM  
Man, I support the ACLU, but as an expert this guy should know better.

If you really want to cry 'racial profiling', maybe you should take a look into the racial breakdown of those questioned over a period of time (a month or so would be enough). If that studies shows that the majority questioned is disproportionate in favor of a paticular race, then you can cry 'racism!'.

An isolated incident coupled with feelings of paranoia will hurt your cause more than help it.
 
2007-12-04 11:13:58 AM  
Thanks for taking it all in stride!
 
2007-12-04 11:14:09 AM  
The ACLU is an outstanding organization that I support fully.

That being said, this guy will loose, and probably should.
 
2007-12-04 11:14:10 AM  
I racially profile so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2007-12-04 11:14:17 AM  
FTFA: "He was surrounded by four state troopers and told he was under arrest for not failing to produce identification"

WTF? Great day for journalism.
 
2007-12-04 11:14:44 AM  
FTA: "He was surrounded by four state troopers and told he was under arrest for not failing to produce identification."

'not failing'

journalist just not not failed.
 
2007-12-04 11:14:45 AM  
Everyone has to show ID when they enter a secure area, even if they showed ID on a previous entry. I don't see the case here.
 
2007-12-04 11:14:52 AM  
Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal.

Bevets:
I wonder if an 'attorney who serves as national coordinator of the ACLU's Campaign Against Racial Profiling' might have an axe to grind? Maybe the airports should just drop security, it would make the lines much faster.


Oh for f*cks sake. The police have no right to stop and ask to see your ID because you made a phone call at a pay phone. Go live in a police state if you like this kind of sh*t. Oh, wait we already live in one.
 
2007-12-04 11:15:13 AM  
This is part of the War of Christmas.

DAMN LIBTARDS
 
2007-12-04 11:15:53 AM  
jrwbpw: That being said, this guy will loose lose, and probably should.

Sorry, pet peeve.
 
2007-12-04 11:16:06 AM  
Wait.... under arrest for NOT failing to produce ID?
 
2007-12-04 11:16:13 AM  
Bevets? Axes to grind?
/irony asplodes
 
2007-12-04 11:16:21 AM  
UberDave: S'mo fo butter layin' to the bone. Jackin' me up...Tightly!

See a broad who get all booty-eyed, lay'em down and smack'em yack'em. Ho got to be, you know?

/Sheeit...
 
2007-12-04 11:16:55 AM  
stevie1der: oooh, uppity minorities vs. TSA, a tough one for farkers to choose sides on. let's sit back and see where this goes.

I was just thinking this when I scrolled across your comment.

/ Grabs popcorn and Dr. Pepper
 
2007-12-04 11:17:37 AM  
So basically they asked him to show ID and he refused. Then later they asked again and he showed them and they let him go.

Sounds so very unreasonable.
 
2007-12-04 11:18:14 AM  
Doctor Funkenstein: If he's not guilty of anything then why is he so black?

I lol'd.
 
2007-12-04 11:20:11 AM  
People have to realize that in this day and age, airports are a different world with different rules from everywhere else. I don't like it, and I fully blame the 22 muslim farktards who are now rotting in hell for turning our lives upside down.
 
2007-12-04 11:20:50 AM  
you are only allowed to stop anyone white and male, dont the police read the rules before applying? I mean if you keep putting saftey over political correctness, you might have fewer problems but you will have alot more hurt feelings, and since suing for money over hurt feelings is the new...oops, almost said black...is the new trend, well, its just cheaper and less of a problem in the long run to let the bad be bad and then later you can sue the people that you didn't allow to make you safer, for not making you safer and collect your self, a win win unless you are a taxpayer and want to see this country stick around at least for another 50 years...
 
2007-12-04 11:21:36 AM  
No, he got treated like any other human-cattle would be treated for leaving the secure area and refusing to give identification upon return.

WIN.
 
2007-12-04 11:22:03 AM  
jrwbpw Quote 2007-12-04 11:14:09 AM
The ACLU is an outstanding a RACE-PIMPING organization that I support should DIAF fully.

That being said, this guy will loose, and probably should be put in jail.


--There, FTFY !
 
2007-12-04 11:22:08 AM  
I personaly refuse to believe there was a black man in Boston.
 
2007-12-04 11:22:46 AM  
The officers that arrested him were black, and he didn't provide identification and was watching an officer (which does look suspicious when you think about it).

--------------

amazing_live_seamonkeys: FTFA: Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal.

When he declined, Downing said, he was told to leave the airport, but was then stopped again. He was surrounded by four state troopers and told he was under arrest for not failing to produce identification.

...

Downing was stopped "for no apparent reasons other than his appearance," said Peter Krupp, one of his attorneys. "He knew his rights, and he knew he had done nothing wrong."


No, he got treated like any other human-cattle would be treated for leaving the secure area and refusing to give identification upon return.
Also according to TFA "The first trooper to ask him for identification was black, and three of the four officers who arrived later also were black, court documents indicated. The first trooper said he became suspicious when he saw Downing watching him".

Sounds like this asshat thinks it is racist to be treated like everyone else. Shiat like this, as well as their stubborn support for Affirmative Action, are the reasons I'll never join the ACLU.


This
 
2007-12-04 11:23:18 AM  
Here's hoping they smack the BASS.
 
2007-12-04 11:23:20 AM  
FTFA, "He was surrounded by four state troopers and told he was under arrest for not failing to produce identification."

Now I'm confused. He didn't not not show ID, or did he not not not show a non-ID?
 
2007-12-04 11:23:23 AM  
How is this profiling if he left a secured area and tried to return?
 
2007-12-04 11:23:51 AM  
therecksays

as someone who somewhat recently moved from NY to boston I Loled.
 
2007-12-04 11:24:00 AM  
I second Nestea Plunge declaration of Win

I've gone into Airports looking like I stepped out of a Cave in Afghanistan and they didn't search me. Person before me (my 60 year old at the time mother) and person behind me (80 year old woman in a wheel chair)

but not me.
 
2007-12-04 11:24:02 AM  
Not illegal to look at a trooper, not illegal to refuse to show ID.

B.A.S.S. is way too vague.
 
2007-12-04 11:24:30 AM  
bigmoneygrip: People have to realize that in this day and age, airports are a different world with different rules from everywhere else.

In this post-9/11 world, you've just New-Godwin'd this thread.

/bu-bu-bu-bu-terrorism! If the government doesn't keep me safe, who will?!
 
2007-12-04 11:25:09 AM  
Personally I, like most everyone else, hate the airline security.

My story: Due to a retard moment on my end, I mistakenly record the wrong departure time for my return trip (was looking through a few different tickets, forgot which one I was actually on). Got to the airport technically with enough time to get my boarding pass, but when choosing the seat on the automated checkin system I went over the time limit and couldn't get my pass. The counter couldn't do anything for me either (still have a bone to pick about that...).

Anyway, I end up having to buy another ticket that was more than the round-trip ticket just to get home...and of course get screened for this while having to get to my flight in 15 minutes. I made it, but it was a pain in the arse.
 
2007-12-04 11:25:25 AM  
black man
//that's what I came here for
 
2007-12-04 11:26:04 AM  
oh I forgot to mention, I'm a white dude in my mid 20s.
 
2007-12-04 11:28:38 AM  
"Downing, who is black and wears a short beard, said in his lawsuit that he was stopped by a state trooper and asked to show identification after he left the gate area and made a phone call in the terminal."

Where does it say he left a secure area? In my local airport, the terminal is a secure area too, not just the immediate gate.
 
2007-12-04 11:28:50 AM  
Theaetetus

the government, like the police (a part of government) are not here to protect you.

Government is here to make you feel good
 
2007-12-04 11:30:32 AM  
People keep saying he left a secured area and tried to return, but I can't find where in the article it says he did that. It says he got off his plane, left the gate area and made a phone call from the terminal. Did he even leave the secured area? I had just figured that the gate area referred to the little waiting area around the gate, not the entire area past security.
 
2007-12-04 11:30:33 AM  
Refusing to give up identification when asked by an officer always works out well. This guys lucky he didn't get a tazerin. The way I see it this guy got preferential treatment.
 
2007-12-04 11:31:03 AM  
"Look at it this way: You're a black guy in Boston. You don't need any help from me to be completely farked."
 
2007-12-04 11:31:16 AM  
zippie26: Where does it say he left a secure area? In my local airport, the terminal is a secure area too, not just the immediate gate.

Your airport is the exception, rather than the rule. Usually the terminal is not the secure area, but the gate area is.
 
2007-12-04 11:32:01 AM  
I'm an uppity colored boy so I'm really getting a kick...

i11.tinypic.com
 
Displayed 50 of 218 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | » | Last | Show all



This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter






In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report