According to the Miami Herald, Earl Sampson, a 28 year old African American man in Miami Gardens, has been questioned 258 times in four years, arrested 62 times for trespassing while on his own work place, and searched more than 100 times.
The convenience store where Sampson works is owned by Alex Saleh, who, upon noticing how disproportionately poor and black employees and customers were being targeted by police, installed video cameras to capture their activities on film.
Apparently the only thing that Sampson has ever been arrested for is a minor charge of marijuana possession – something he would not be arrested for anymore in states like Colorado or Washington. This extreme case of what unarguably appears to be racial profiling has prompted Saleh to prepare a civil rights lawsuit in response.
Miami Gardens is a poor city with a majority black population. However, the police force is primarily white and Latino.
GUEST: Mychal Denzel Smith, blogger at TheNation.com and a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute. He is also a freelance writer and social commentator
Click here to read the original Miami Herald story about Earl Sampson.