A Father Perspective on Police Terrorism Against Children of Colour: Aberrations or Everyday Occurrences? is a forum held at The left forum conference 2016! The conference has steadily grown over the years.
I am sitting with Andrew Joseph Jr., father of Andrew Joseph III. The year was 2014 as Andrew stood to get on a ride. His team mates were being arrested and he went to inquire. The Gang task force was on the scene. Andrew was known as “Pee-Wee”. Pee-Wee picked up his friend shirt and hat and passed it to him. An academically intelligent 8th grade student who was slated for Holy Confirmation the next day responds to his friend and said, “I see how the officers are treating you” as he passed him his belongings. The Gang Task Force officer questioned Andrew and made him pull up his shirt to see if he had any “Gang Tattoos” after he passed the hat to his friend.
On that particular day the school district gaves students the day off and free passes to attend Student Day at the fair. This occurs yearly. As a result, tens of thousands packed into the fair normally each Student Day, and that has resulted in unruliness. In 2014, it led to violence. Deputies arrested 12 people and ejected 99 others.
After being checked for tattoos Andrew Joseph III was then told by the officers to get into the squad car and they dropped him off 2 miles from the fair. They dropped him off in the middle of no where. The 14-year-old was killed trying to cross I-4 highway to return to the fairgrounds to meet his ride, his was hit by a car. The owner of the car never stopped. The owner who was 19 had the remains of Andrew on the grill of his car. The owner was never fined or ticketed. #thabump #stoppoliceterror #andrewjoseph With ❤️ Cynthia