Black 14-Year-Old With Puppy Choked By Miami-Dade Police Over ‘Dehumanizing Stares’

Racism or just cowardice?  Via the Huffington Post:

Miami-Dade Police says officers were forced to throw a beach-going 14-year-old to the ground and forcibly restrain him because of clenched fists and “dehumanizing stares,” as first reported by CBS Miami.

But Tremaine McMillian says he was merely walking along the beach on Memorial Day, feeding his puppy from a bottle, when police overreacted. Cell phone video shot by his mother shows the unarmed teen pressed to ground at Haulover Beach as one police officer holds his forearm across McMillian’s throat and another places him in handcuffs.

“He started choking me, and as he was choking me, I urinated on myself because I couldn’t breath,” the teen told WSVN.

McMillian’s family told news outlets they were enjoying the beach when the officers took exception to the way the teen had been roughhousing with a friend in the surf. McMillian says the officers drove up on an ATV and confronted him before leaping off and choking him. Reports WSVN:

“That’s when the police had told us to stop, so I asked, why, and he told me, because he said so, and I asked why again. That’s when he told me, ‘Show me where your mom’s at.'”McMillian said he was cradling his puppy Marco when it all went down. He said he was obeying officers and only wanted to lead them to his mom. His mother said, “As he was walking along the beach, the catwalk where the picnic area is, the police officers were on their ATVs, and my son was walking, and they jumped off their ATVs, grabbed him and slammed him to the ground.”

According to the police report, officers said McMillian got combative and clenched his fist. Police wrote, “He attempted to pull his arm away, stating, ‘Man, don’t touch me like I did something.'”

“All of that body language alone is already letting the officers know that this is a person that now is obviously getting agitated and can become violent,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

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24 Comments on "Black 14-Year-Old With Puppy Choked By Miami-Dade Police Over ‘Dehumanizing Stares’"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jun 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm |

    this shit happens hundreds
    if not thousands of times every day
    to dark skinned minorities of Der Homeland
    how did this rise to the top of the media heap?
    musta been the puppy
    call the SPCA

    • Definitely the puppy.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Jun 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm |

      And it was so much worse before cellphone cameras and youtube..

      • BuzzCoastin | Jun 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm |

        if this Gestapo Police State is now better
        it’s hard to tell, because
        despite the camera recordings
        it continues unabated
        I’ve seen no real change
        just a bigger pile of evidence
        that wee the sheeple are being hosed
        especially the dark skinned among us

    • I see lots of news stories about cops beating black people without puppies.

      • BuzzCoastin | Jun 6, 2013 at 1:32 am |

        unless you’re a Brit
        that won’t pass for droll

        droll would be:
        I see lots of news stories about cops beating black people
        but the whole puppy abuse thing by the pigs
        is way under reported
        Luke? Luke?

        ok, Luke?, Luke? takes it beyond droll
        but that’s me

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Jun 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm |

    Mysanthropic systems only thrive because we erect all these barriers to empathy with other people.

    Cops are trained to keep a ‘professional demeanor’ towards the public, which means treating us like problems waiting to happen. Racism and bullying are just shoddy intellectual substitutes for the real situational awareness that true law enforcement would actually demand, but to these guys’ supervisors, it’s acceptable because it delivers a predictable product–for low $$.

    Of course the kid is the victim of utter bullsh*t here, but understandably angry reactions have a counter productive effect, too. The empathic short circuiting works both ways, because the cops will only feel frustrated when they are castigated for only doing what they are encouraged to do. This just makes it all the easier for cops to feel hatred for the public and especially minorities.

    No, they do not generally recruit cops from the top 10% in terms of intelligence or self-control, but neither are their reactions atypical of how the vast majority of us would react, placed in such a structurally hostile environment.

    The public need to put pressure on politicians like mayors and police commissioners to change the whole paradigm. Those greasey b*st*rds get away with setting up these cops–and the general public–to fail.

    But that will never happen. That would take time and cost money. Politicians get away with this bullshit by playing the public against the cops, promising to save tax dollars on one hand and flattering police with phony encomiums praising their “bravery” and “public spirit”.

  3. The Well Dressed Man | Jun 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm |

    Not OK. So tired of this crap. As much as I feel the race situation is much more complex than the official narrative, this is the same old abuse that reinforces really deep hostility.

  4. Tchoutoye | Jun 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm |

    Sounds like “dehumanizing” is the 21st century version of “uppity”.

  5. Of course this is both racist and cowardly. The police haven’t been about either protecting or serving the public for decades. Local city governments are responsible for allowing these crimes by the police to go unpunished. And yet, we keep electing them.

  6. Cowardly and racist. Police are outside the law. They murder with impunity and expect us to revere them. Unfortunately the cowardice is concentrated in the officeds of district attorneys and city councils across America. They will not hold police accountable for the mayhem they unleash on the public. The police do not protect and serve. They command and we comply.

  7. How you know Feminism has gone too far: The Police attack people over “Dehumanizing Stares”.

    • Very funny.
      When I heard the pigs accuse the kid of “dehumanizing” stares, two things came to mind, first I was shocked that a pig would have that word in his vocabulary, and second, that it was a case of total projection. It is the pigs who dehumanize their victims. This is just like how the military trains its killers to dehumanize the enemy.
      I am reminded of statements made by Chris Hedges in which he suggests that as things progress, The Empire will visit the same brutality and violence on its own people domestically as it does abroad in its imperial adventures of murder, rape and pillage.

    • Calypso_1 | Jun 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm |

      Good thing he wasn’t lookin at em crossways.

  8. Hey guys, restraining a guy doesn’t neutralize the “threat” of being shirtless and black.

  9. mole_face | Jun 6, 2013 at 11:52 am |

    The kid gave the cop “dehumanizing stares”? Wow, talk about a classic case of projection.

    The cops unconsciously realized that they were fucking with two black kids over something that they’d ignore if it were two white kids. The kid knew exactly what was actually going on and treated these goddamn robots with the appropriate contempt. There was a moment of mutual understanding shared between the cops and the kid, where it became crystal clear to both parties exactly how much the cops were behaving like inhuman mutants, so the bully cop flipped out and took out his own self-hate on the kid.

    Or maybe I’m just reading too much into this. Either way.

  10. I respect cops but when they are dirty and corrupt they should be shot.

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