Bear Witness NYC

The following were submitted to Revolution newspaper and is posted on the bear witness site:

"I was on my way home from school and the police told me to stop. They asked me to take out the stuff in my pocket. So I asked them why and then they told me to get against the wall. They patted me down and took stuff out of my pocket and threw it on top of their car. Then they told me to get my stuff and leave. ‘Go home!’ No questions. I didn’t feel too great after that. I felt like I had just been robbed."

-14-year-old student in Harlem

"The police walked up to my mother and me. I was drinking juice. This officer was like, ‘Can I smell that?’ My mother said, ‘She’s only a little girl. Who do you think I am? No, you can’t smell that. It’s juice.’ Then the police started acting like they were gonna take my mom, arrest her… for no reason. They were like ‘I should give you a ticket for that.’ Just because she wouldn’t let them smell the juice. They had an attitude. They showed disrespect to her. And what are we supposed to do when the police arrest our parents right in front of us. We gonna start crying. They don’t even care what we say. That’s not right. It’s not fair."

-A 12-year-old girl in Harlem

"im from kinston n.c. i am a victim of police brutality i been tasered 3 times pepper spray punch kick — they strike me with baton. i need help."

"The police shot my cousin. They said he had a gun but it was his inhaler because he has asthma. He died two years ago. We been trying to fight the case but they say the cop has no fault in it. He was just using force because that’s what good cops are supposed to do—whatever. We’ve been trying to fight it… we can’t… we don’t find a way out. I don’t know. I don’t know what to do."

-A high school student in Harlem