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Black Studies Professor Arrested
Arrest allegedly linked to racial profiling
 

San Francisco State professor Antwi Akom was arrested Tuesday night and placed in county jail after going into his campus office. He was released earlier this evening.

Many people are alleging the incident to be based on racial profiling.

?I think that [the officers] are racist pigs,? said Matthew Shenoda a lecturer in the Ethnic Studies department, who has been talking to Akom. ?It?s a really clear cut case of racial profiling.?

Campus police refused to comment on the incident.

While in jail, he spoke with numerous friends and colleagues in the Ethnic Studies Department to tell them what happened. Among them was Shenoda, his teaching assistant Ashley Moore, and Dean of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro.

According to their account, Akom came to campus around 10 p.m.Tuesday evening to pick up a book he needed for teaching his class.

When he arrived in the front of the Ethnic Studies building (which is where his office is located), he was approached by a security guard who asked him what he was doing here. Akom reportedly told the security guard he was a professor and he was going into his office. He then proceeded to go inside.

?When he came out, there was a white cop to meet him and told him to put his hands behind his back,? said Shenoda.

Akom said the unidentified campus police officer was called by the security guard while he was inside of his office getting the book. He said he asked the officer why he was getting arrested, but the officer had no answer.

?The officer didn?t tell him anything. It wasn?t until he was arrested that they told him he had assaulted a police officer,? said Moore, an SF State student.

The two began to argue and the officer then called two more police officers for backup. Moore said the three officers threw Akom to the ground and handcuffed him. During that process, one of them hit their face against his knee.

Akom is being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, which are both felonies.
His bail was set at $51,000 and he was liable to be in jail for up to 72 hours. The San Francisco Police Department did not return calls for comment.

While Akom was getting the book out of his office, and later placed under arrest, his two small children were sleeping in the back of his car that was parked behind the Ethnic Studies Building.

Shenoda said Akom called him to come and pick up the children while he was being taken to the police station.

?Nobody had checked on the kids. When I got there to pick them up they were crying,? Shenoda said.

The Black Studies department held a gathering today to discuss what happened to the professor.

?Last night there was an altercation between one of our family members and a police officer on this campus,? said Kenneth Monteiro, the acting Dean of Ethnic Studies.

He said the University wrote a letter urging the San Francisco Police Department to release Akom as soon as possible. The letter was signed by SF State Chief of Police Kimberly Wible.

?We?re all in support of Antwi getting out of prison,? said Dorthy Tsuruta, the chair of the Africana department, before he was released. ?That?s my main concern right now. And then we?ve got to start doing some education on all the implication of the situation.?

The University President, Provost and Public Affairs office were not available for questioning.

The last time there was an incident of police brutality with racial allegations was when a 15-year-old African American boy was slammed to the ground by San Francisco State police officers in 2004. The June Jordan High School for Equity student was on SF State's campus having lunch with his fellow classmates when the campus police assaulted him because they thought he had been involved in a previous conflict.

The officers slammed the student?s head into the pavement several times and then put him on his back to arrest him. The student was later found innocent and no charges were filed against him. The incident sparked a protest and walk out by the high school students and SF students against police brutality.

Akom is a tall, dark-skinned, African American male with long locks.

?What?s interesting is that he is living proof of what we teach in ethnic studies,? said Shenoda. ?At the end of the day you can have all the credentials in the world and it doesn?t matter.?

Moore thinks this is a blatant case of racism that is apparent in all aspects of our society.

?It?s obvious what happened,? she said. ?He was a black man in a place he wasn?t supposed to be.?

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PHOTO
Sara Henderson | staff photographer
Mathew Shenoda, (left) lecturer of Ethnic Studies and Kenneth Monteiro (right) Acting Dean of Ethnic Studies announce the arrest of Professor Antwi Akom to students and staff at the Chicken and Juice, a gathering for African American students, Wednesday October 26th.

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COMMENTS

Monique Luz said

This is not only racism. It is an attack on academic freedom. A professor is being physically attacked and jailed not only for his ethnicity, but for teaching Black Studies. This is a continuation of the attacks on education enacted through budget cuts. It is nauseatingly common for those brutalized and illegally arrested to face trumped-up charges. We must mobilize to protest this attack and support Akom's legal defense. It is important that support come from people of all ethnic groups and Blacks are not alone in fighting anti-Black attacks.

Dan Gonzales said

The meeting was called as a College of Ethnic Studies meeting. There were students of all races and many ethnicities and faculty from every department of the College present as well as faculty and staff from the Colleges of Education and the Behavioral and Social Sciences, all very concerned about Dr. Akom, his family and all the obvious issues that flow from his arrest and many other like incidents that have occurred - primarily against students of color - on the SFSU campus.

Journalism Graduate said

Here's my two cents:

This is a poorly written article. This reporter has not read a police report or witness statements related to this incident. This reporter has not directly interviewed anyone who witnessed the incident, only those to whom the professor spoke on the phone while in jail. This article is biased and paints SFSU Xpress reporters as inexperienced "shock jocks" who want to create the appearance of conflict between the media and the campus police, for what purpose, I still don't understand. They did this crap when I was on staff with the paper.

Actually, I personally researched the 2004 incident involving the SSFE student for my graduate studies. For this reporter to insinuate that the 2004 incident was "police brutality", the "campus police assaulted" the student, and "slammed the student's head into the pavement" is pure sensationalism and false. There were also no findings of police misconduct. I have read all of the witness statements, the police report, and the District Attorney's findings related to that matter, so MY opinions are actually based on fact.

"The situation appears to hold a high degree of similarity to the previous issue of police misconduct." Ummm, actually it doesn't. Apples and oranges from what I can see.

And what a great quote, "“I think that [the officers] are racist pigs,” said Matthew Shenoda a lecturer the Ethnic Studies department..." I wish I'd taken classes from this fellow. He seems like a very caring unbiased person. I wonder if he meant all of the campus police officers. I'm sure someone will flame and defame me, but the ones I've encountered after hours in Humanities have always been nice to me. (Don't worry, I'm a person of color. Which color? Pick one)

Ms. Jones, please do more fact-based research for your articles before going to press. Perhaps attempt to locate true witnesses to the incident. Maybe you could do a follow-up article which actually explains what happened, but I doubt you will. You probably think you wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning piece which in reality has done nothing but paint student reporters as biased and divisive, something I've worked hard to live down.


Michael said

I can't believe this? Any word on whats happening now?

SF Student1 said

White cops beat up a black prof? Why didn't I see this on every TV channel, every radio station, every REAL newspaper?

Concerned said

Failed to state that two of the three officer's involved were African American. Are they racist too? Get your facts straight before you slander others.

Black Student said

If these statements about the police are in fact false, why don't they release thier rational for his initial arrest to the public? It would also be nice to hear thier version of what happen that night, after all what are they waiting for?!?

Read this little ones said

SFSU statement on Oct. 25 campus incident

SAN FRANCISCO, October 28, 2005 -- On Tuesday, Oct. 25, a San Francisco State University faculty member was arrested by University Police on charges of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. He has been released on his own recognizance and is expected to return to his teaching duties on Tuesday.

The faculty member is African American. The three University police officers involved in the incident are African American (2) and Caucasian (1). The Caucasian officer was injured and treated at a nearby hospital.

Friends, faculty and supporters of the faculty member believe that the faculty member may be a victim of racial profiling.

San Francisco State University President Robert A. Corrigan has called for an independent, external review that carefully examines and puts into context the facts and eyewitness reports. He urges all members of the campus community and the public to refrain from drawing conclusions based on rumor and hearsay and await the independent reviewer's feedback.

The two-person external review team will consist of the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., former mayor of San Francisco and Louise H. Renne, former city attorney of San Francisco and President of the SFPD Police Commission.

President Corrigan stated: "I have been heartened by the tone of many of the messages from faculty and staff concerning this painful event. Distressed but balanced, expressing collegial concern for the well-being of our community, as well as for the faculty member, and avoiding a rush to judgment, these messages reflect the spirit in which I hope we can continue as we await the reviewers' report. The very fact that this process is going forward will, I hope, provide reassurance that San Francisco State University remains a safe and supportive environment for all its members."

And this one said

Message from President Corrigan

Dear Colleagues:

The October 25 incident involving Assistant Professor Antwi Akom and members of our Department of Public Safety demands the most difficult of responses in the midst of high emotion: a suspension of judgment until a full, clear picture emerges and rumors can be replaced by facts.

We know that Prof. Akom was arrested by Public Safety the evening of October 25 and that he was released on his own recognizance (without bail) the following afternoon. We know that the San Francisco District Attorney's Office is currently pursuing charges against Dr. Akom for resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

But we cannot let the matter rest there. We are a campus community that identifies itself by a central commitment to social justice and equity. Did we fully live up to those values on October 25? To answer that question, I believe our best course is a thorough external review of this matter. With the help of respected, impartial individuals who share our values, but who will approach their task independently and neutrally, we can gain a full picture of events and the context in which they occurred.

I am establishing a two-person team to conduct this review. I am deeply pleased to announce that the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. and former City Attorney Louise H. Renne have accepted my invitation. They will begin their work immediately.

I will take no further action until their review is completed.

I have been heartened by the tone of many of the messages from faculty and staff concerning this painful event. Distressed but balanced, expressing collegial concern for the well-being of our community, as well as for Dr. Akom, and avoiding a rush to judgment, these messages reflect the spirit in which I hope we can continue as we await the reviewers' report.

The very fact that this process is going forward will, I hope, provide reassurance that San Francisco State University remains a safe and supportive environment for all its members.

Robert A. Corrigan, president

Black Thoughts said

"I doubt you will. You probably think you wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning piece which in reality has done nothing but paint student reporters as biased and divisive, something I've worked hard to live down."
How did this become about YOU? A Black man was falsely arrested and held on trumped up charges, his kids left in one of the most desolated spots in SF, there's no mention as to why the 2 officers didn’t notice this.
And instead of addressing the issue, or asking what the next steps should be, YOU attack the writer. You probably reported that the Million Man March was shy of a million.
Please Report what we can do to support Antwi

Leslie said

No one went to his car to keep the children safe until his friend arrived??!! Is this true?? If so, it is imperative that the investigators look into that as well.

Anonymous said

There are many sides to this story and this article seems to have only explored one of them. It fails to mention that there were two African-American cops there as well, not just the white one. It also fails to mention that Mr. Akom did not appropriately identify himself as a professor, so how would the security guard and police officers know whether or not to let him into the building. This is not a case of racism or an attack on personal and academic freedom. This is a case of misunderstanding. We have not yet heard all sides of the story, so there should be no judgement as to who did what yet and why. On a side note, I feel pity for Mr. Matthew Shenoda. To call the police "racist pigs" reduces him to no more than those who would even think to call African-Americans something they would not like to be reminded of. What kind of example is that for a university professor? Just so you know, I am a person of color, but that should not matter, should it?

Shaun Adrian said

Anonymous,

The fact that there were African-American police officers does more to illustrate the sickness of the police culture than to illustrate any point of ethnicity or race. The fact that has been illustrated time and time again is that racial profiling does exist.

It is interesting that you would imply that someone such as Matthew Shenoda should no longer voice his observations and opinion because he is educated. I think speaking out against the oppressive and blinding influences of the "culture of power" is his responsibility as an educator.

I am NOT a person of color, but that should not matter, should it?

observing said

Some posters pointed out that some of the officers were black - as if that would make it impossible for this to be a racist act.

I would expect members of this community to be more sophisticated in their analyses. Structural racism does not require that all involved be white. The fact that some of the participating officers were black does not mean that the police action could not be a racist act.

The issue is not only the color of the officers' skin, but also the type of training they receive, the attitudes they are encouraged to hold and the overall culture they participate in. In short, a black officer who harbors and acts upon unwarranted fears of, or hostility towards, black males is no less at fault than would be a white officer under the same circumstances.

just observing said

Given SFSU's historic commitment to social justice and equality, one would think that in his public comments, the SFSU president would at least note the troubling reality of police brutality against black males. You'd think that he would point out how in light of such context this event is particularly troubling.

Instead he offers bland and bureacuratic appeals to fairness to all and reserved judgement. The reputation of a university would not necessarily be sullied by security officers or cops who got out of hand. It happens too often. So long as an administration acted decisively to stamp it out, they would still be respected.

In this case, however, SFSU, through its administrative response so far, looks like just another cold, bean-counting, bureacratic institution.

I hope that Corrigan changes his tune. I also hope that Akom faces no adverse action by the administration until this is settled.


SFSU student said

Do not feel pity for Matthew Shenoda, his quote is simple and clear. What kind of quote do you expect? Shenoda is a poet and one of the college’s finest orators, only a fool would think that Shenoda was misquoted or did not say exactly what needed saying. I think Shenoda’s quote is perfect.

How can this be a misunderstanding? What is in question here is a racist method of profiling developed by police all over the country. Are we questioning whether people of color can abuse one another? The Rampart division in LA had officers of color and slavery had overseers. Cops of color can be more ruthless then whites.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Professor Antwi Akom, knows this is a teacher/healer who rejects classic pedagogy, the banking system of education, and a divorced physical and intellectual presence. Akom is approachable and does not carry himself as academic superior. Is this a misunderstanding? That one of the coolest, down to Earth, sharp Professors on campus, who happens to have dark skin, cannot walk to his office without provocation, harassment, and arrest?

How does this speak to students of color? Ever run down the hall, how about being late to a night class…maybe you lost your car in the parking lot. Better be careful and apparently your student id won’t save you, nor talking or explaining.

Grad Student said

The fact that the article is poorly written and unbalanced does not in itself mean anything other than that the reporter needs better instruction.

It does not mean that the accounts she reports are false, or that she is deliberately trying to advance a particular agenda. It doesn't mean that anyone is lying.

But...it would be nice for those of you who are so eager to pronounce a verdict to at least acknowledge that it is a poorly written article that does a disservice to any attempt to have an honest, sophisticated dialogue about these very important issues.

The thing about institutionalized oppression of any kind is that those who find their freedoms limited and thier security threatened must acknowledge that even reform-minded institutional action -- and the beureaucrats and adminstrators who run the insitutions -- are forced to work within limits. Just as professor Akom is making a choice to work *within* a system, for pragmatic reasons, to bring about the changes he believes are necessary, Corrigan (and the police officers) are working *within* a system, and there are procedures they must follow in order to live up to the responsibilities to the institution which allow them to hang on to their jobs. Corrigan made a measured, yes 'cautious' statement because he understands that it is his job to do so.

I will put this out and then await the firestorm:

It *is* possible that professor Akom, a black man who is more acutely aware than many of the multivarious and sublimated ways in which race and class based discrimination affect his life and those of the people within his community, simply lost his temper when he was in a hurry, and reacted angrily or rightously to a routine stop by police officers who were simply doing their jobs. While 'institutionalized racism' is certainly present and active in that scenario in a way at which we should take a careful, critical look, it does not eliminate the possibility that professor Akom, legitimately angry for a lot of reasons, forgot to play the game and attacked one of the officers. It is *possible* that he then realized that he had really screwed up and -- wanting to hang on to his job and his paycheck so that he can protect his career and his family and the work he is doing which he believes is very important -- he revised the story in order to take advantage of the sensitivity of the racial situation on campus in hopes that his personal lapse in judgment would get obscured by the potential political uproar which could potentially surround such an incident.
This *is* possible.

And because it is possible, for the credibility of the University, or the Ethnic Studies Department, and for any calls for justice through institutional reforms, it is essential that nobody jumps to any conclusions in either direction.

We all have lots of reasons to be angry. We are all victims when we are profiled or persecuted, when our opportunities are limited because of the structures of power and money and class and knowledge and information. That does NOT mean, however, that if we choose to liquidate some of that wealth, or break the windows of a Starbucks, or take a swing at a police officer who we believe is profiling us, that we are not legally responsible for the consequences of our actions.

In the name of full disclosure, and because it seems to be important in this sort of dialogue, I am a white male.

Deanna said

My AAS class spent the majority of our class talking about this racial-based injustice, today. It is racial profiling. What would have happened if it was a white male in the building? Police brutality would not have been an option--the police would have been more civil. We ALL are affected by this...especially as people of color. We have to reform SFSU for the better because at the rate that things are going, we people of color will no longer have a say in our school's community.

christle said

I just wanted to jump on the same bandwagon as the journalism graduate person. I'm still undecided about this issue and when I first read this my gut instinct was to start doing more research about the whole situation, because I would feel uncomfortable screaming "racism!" without examining ALL sides first.

After being at SFSU for 6 years, this sort of writing/behavior (lack of real evidence, biased, jumping the gun on the judgements) comes as no surprise. And that's pretty depressing.

My encounters with a lot of the night shift police officers have been pretty friendly in Thornton Hall.

Black Thoughts- ATTACKING THE WRITER? Not addressing the issues?

He/she actually took some time and did some research on both of the cases and provided constructive criticism on the writer's article.

You, on the other hand, decide that comments such as, "You probably reported that the Million Man March was shy of a million" are appropriate. Pot calling the kettle black?

Sierra said

I understand the possibility of Dr. Akom getting impatient or upset because he was in a hurry, but given the history of racial profiling that resulted in the deaths of many black men, I think that Dr. Akom (an educated man on this bit of history)is smart enough to know not to assault an officer because of the likelihood of the situation turning violent. It's funny because a white man has the privilege of yelling, screaming, and getting upset at law enforcement officers without having to worry about being arrested or the officer taking serious offence and arresting the man or worse, killing him. Only black people have to worry about this on a daily basis. This is a case of racial profiling. White people who object should look at the many privileges that they have or maybe they should test the water and get a little upset and verbal with an officer. I bet they won't get arrested. I bet they won't have a gun aimed at their head.

Paul said

I just came back from Pres. Corrigan's question and answer session at the "Higher Education, Access and Equity at SFSU" meeting and am now a bit more familiar with the Dr. Akom case. What I've learned from this meeting and others is that, like Mr. Corrigan said, there isn’t enough information to draw a conclusion on the matter. However, I noticed it didn't stop you and many others from drawing conclusions.

The case obviously contains conflicting accounts between the police, witnesses, and Dr. Akom. I had heard Dr. Akom wasn't asked for ID. Yet, I talked with a campus police officer who said he was on the scene and who told me Dr. Akom had been asked for ID upon which he got defensive and refused to comply.

I believe, and I hope you would agree, that it was completely inappropriate and unprofessional to apply force against an officer of law. To send a man to the hospital, as the officer I spoke with told me is what happened, is an outrage in itself. As I understand it, the allegation of self-defense is also disputed.

To assume (by strong implication), as you and many others have, that because a white (I'll have to assume he's white) security guard had a confrontation with a black professor while he was trying to get into his building after hours was racial profiling is a serious allegation. To accuse an officer of such a crime in this case--a case where no substantial evidence points to this-- seems to be a form of racial profiling in itself. It seems a brusque deduction to think because racial
profiling is such a major and ongoing problem in the U.S. and because this case involved a black professor being questioned by a white officer, and because as you said he's a young teacher with long dreads, that therefore this surely is a shameful instance of racial profiling.

Ultimately, I must point out the blatant biasness of the article Ms. Jones has written. It sounds like a poorly written addendum to the petition going around which asserts Dr. Akom’s side of things. Sorry, but the truth is not as clear-cut, and simplistic as you've made it out to be.

I am reminded of the great quote from Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts”.

John said

The charge of racial profiling is a serious charge and not only effects those involved in the incident, but those in the community. As a person of color and a political supporter for civil rights, I am very disturbed by the fact that many rush to the immediate judgment that Mr. Akom was a victim of racial profiling without investigating the facts. Everyone should wait for the findings of the investigation, because if in fact the findings prove no racial profiling and Mr. Akom is found as the aggressor, doesn't that weaken the cause, including the support by others, when a true racial profiling incident does in fact happen. It's like crying wolf too many times.

I too, have faith that the University President, Dr. Corrigan, is doing all he can to find the truth of the matter and is making the right decision in holding his personal opinion until the findings of the investigation are revealed. I'm sure he understands the damage that a biased opinion brings to the cause of civil rights if his opinion is proved wrong before the facts are examined...thus compared to the strength of a well investigated claim. Support and respect Dr. Corrigan's decision as he made the right one.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but try not to slander the police as there are several outstanding officers who DO fight for civil/racial injustice and try to make a change by fighting the system from within. If you slander and group all police officers as racists, what makes you different than those individuals who are true racists. There are some excellent officers within the SFSU Police who need the support of the community, and don't deserve to be discriminated against just because of the uniform they wear. Just food for thought.....

Concerned said

Why don't the police release information -- they did:

http://xpress.sfsu.edu/specials/2005f/akomdocs.pdf

Read the witness statements.

People have a habit of shooting off their mouth without finding out the whole story.

Sorta like being "Stuck on Stupid."

marisol Ruiz said

Students at UNM for Dr. Akom
This is another act of racismn by the San Francisco State police . Dr. Akom is a excellent professor who is constantly working to help youth of color. He is an exceptional intelectjual in the fiels of education. We must rally everyone we know to support him and not allow the SF State Police Dept to continue to get away with their brutal racism agasinst African Americans!
Marisol Ruiz

Bass Ackwards said

I realize that most of you have probably lost interest in this discussion and moved on to 'more recent' sensational matters.

Nonetheless, I must ask: am I the only one who is sickened by this cynical double-standard of tolerance being expressed here? Mr. Journalism Graduate Student is the exemplar par excellence of this. While I am no fan of limited-source reporting, I realize that there is no such thing as objective reporting either! Those who attempt to argue such as reality are attempting to hide behind the status quo to obscure their own obvious prejudice. You can be sure this is the case when, as if on cue (like Grad Student), s/he lamely pulls the old 'project what I'm doing on to others' trick. That Grad Student has the gaul to say in the same breath that institutional racism and profiling are involved here, but that Akom should have played like the rules like a good negro is nothing BUT subjective. The need to give acceptance to institutional racism while placing the blame on the victim is exactly why supporters of the status quo can't accept reporting that does the opposite. This is not a matter of good journalism, Deceitful One. This is matter of the power of voice. Cushioned in comfort by the doublespeaking status quo media all around you, you just cant handle that your illusionary framing of reality shakes so hard when other voices shake the picture!

To see how lopsided Grad Student's even-handedness is let us consider his proposition. Yes, it *is* possible that Akom lost his temper. As pointed out by Sierra, a white professor can do this with more leniency. A black professor knows that this is a risky endeavor and will likely hold back anger. Unless, s/he happens to be a Black Studies professor, who teaches about institutional racism regularly. Talk about nightmares becoming reality. If y'all have taken this into consideration, I'd like to hear why you didn't expect Akom to go off on this officer provocateur full force. As far as I'm concerned, Akom handled himself as professionally as we could ever expect in this context.

Not knowing who is a professor and what racial profiling is (at SFSU of all places!) is inexcusable, and should be our only focus here. For you institutional racism lovers, if you really want see the other side, flip Grad Student's equation: perhaps, just maybe, Akom told the cop he was a professor, and the cop *didn't believe him*. Unable to swallow the fact that he had unjustly, racistly profiled an innocent man, the cop then pushed matters into a pointless power play, realizing that if it became physical, the law would be on his side in such a case, given the appearance of his victim. For just as institutional racists are so quick to point out Blacks 'crying wolf' or 'playing the race card', they will omit the scores of times cops murder Blacks on sight and then wiggle out later claiming 'the suspect had a gun'.

While they forget, rest assured Blacks can never forget this ugly caveat. I know Akom didn't. Ever stop to think thats why a black 'suspect' is not so quick to reach for his ID as so many of you impatiently demand? Amadou Diallo complied with your demands and caught 42 slugs for his mistake. Did you really expect a Black Studies professor to make the same mistake, or does that not fit your whitewashed world view?

If Grad Student and his ilk were less subjective, as they claim to be so devoted to, they would mention this outright. Not attempt to flash a counterfeit ghetto pass with some jibberish about institutional oppression, qualified with the classic sleight of hand dismissal: "and should be looked at carefully" (when, after you tar and feather the victim?). Forget investigation, analysis, careful consideration, you've already made your conclusion! What's left is the only content of your position: 'the negro didn't stay in his place and he deserves the worst.'

For those of you tired of peering through whitewashed windows, consider this: Akom lost his temper and was by all means, *justified in doing so*. As a professor, and thus major source of value to our education, he should be entitled to the idea that he can access his workplace as he pleases in peace. That means, no disruption, profiling, aggravation by 2-bit 'peace officers' or anyone else. How bout the idea that, if as a peaceful and enlightened trustee of our education, a professor is made to lose his/her cool, its that aggravator's bad, whether hiding behind a badge or not? How bout that cop take his lumps for not knowing how to do his job!! - which is the only reason why this incident ever happened.

NO-HYPE VIEW said

Wow, now that I have read the witness statements and the report, they need to throw the book at Dr. Akom for his unforgivable behavior. There are so many independant witnesses that say about the same thing. Dr. Akom struck first! I am so disappointed in the people here who have alleged police brutality. I do believe there is racial issue here, on the part of Dr. Akom. As for the people of color (including myself) that have refrained from drawing false conclusions and jumping on the racial bandwagon, we are the only hope for stopping this "race card" runaway train. As for the initial journalism, I think the people who write for children’s cereal boxes are more qualified. Jessica Jones has committed a huge disservice to all who take the responsibility of journalism seriously. We as people of color must stay strong! Even if it means denouncing the few of us that cross the lines of decency!

just a thought said

all imma say is that no matter if you're black or latino.. if your not from the basic same country you will discriminate against others no matter if they're the same race.. look at my nigerian friend he says he doesnt like "the blacks" from here

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