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Video has emerged online that shows a Baton Rouge police officer choking a 13-year-old Black boy with an arm wrapped around his throat. According to NBC News, both Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Police Chief Murphy Paul (two first names, can’t trust him) say that the department is investigating the now-viral incident. Broome describes the footage as a, “concerning encounter.’
Neither Broome nor Paul have agreed upon disciplinary action for the unidentified officer.
Sunday, police were called because of a disturbance that was quelled without incident. An hour later, they were called again to that same scene where two boys were arrested. One of those boys, the 13-year-old in question, was seen being violently choked in the viral video above. The report states that one of the boys, we assume this one, was charged with the battery of an officer and the other was allowed to leave with his parents. At this point we don’t know exactly what happened prior to the cameras rolling but whatever the case, cops cannot be allowed to handle young children in this manner. If you can’t control him without choking the life out of him then you need to find a new gig.
Here’s what family attorney Ron Hale had to say about the incident:
“I appreciate the swift response from Mayor Broome and the promises made by Chief Paul,” Haley said in a statement, according to The Advocate. “However, too many times in our community we see obvious police misconduct go unchecked and unpunished.”
“No unarmed child should be choked and manhandled by a police officer,” Haley said.
Now, let’s see if they hold this officer responsible for using a banned maneuver on a child…
‘Karens’ Gone Wild: Videos Show Privileged White Women Won’t Stop Trying To Police People
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The most recent installment of the ongoing Karen saga came in the form of a wealthy, entitled young wife of a faithful Republican donor when they both heckled LeBron James during an NBA game in Atlanta on the first night of Black History Month. Identified as Juliana Carlos, the maskless white woman stood up and confronted LeBron, interrupting the game, before she and her husband were ejected from attendance.
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LeBron would go on to dub her, “Courtside Karen,” a term that instantly stuck.
Courtside Karen was MAD MAD!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 2, 2021
With the proliferation of all the Karens, it can be hard to keep track of them, especially as people are protesting against the very racism that they represent. But they resiliently keep exposing themselves, like in June when a Karen who lives in the Milwaukee area confronted protesters and spit on a teenager. The uncontrollable rage of Stephanie Rapkin toward a young, diverse group of protesters peacefully demonstrating against the kind of racism she was unabashedly displaying got the 64-year-old lawyer arrested not once but twice in the span of as many days. Her’s was a special kind of Karening that was recorded on video and went viral for the world to witness the person who became better known as the “Shorewood Spitter.”
Shorewood attorney Stephanie Rapkin spent the night in the Milwaukee County Jail after being arrested first for spitting on one BLM protester and then shoving another. Shorewood police are asking prosecutors to charge her w four counts, including battery and resisting/obstructing pic.twitter.com/Hl9usdAFG5
— Daniel Bice (@DanielBice) June 8, 2020
And if you thought Karens could only be women, get your sexist mind out of the racial gutter. There have been a growing number of instances of white men unknowingly vying against their female counterparts (though there doesn’t seem to be anything more irresistible to police officers than a white woman’s tears, but we digress…) to one-up each other’s irrational anti-Black racism.
Those folks have been Christened as “Karen’s Husband.” We met one earlier this year when a white man decided to call the cops on protestors because they were allegedly “honking horns” near his home. In peak white entitlement fashion, he tried to use his service in the military as a reason why he has the authority to make demands.
In another video, a group of Black entrepreneurs described being racially profiled by a white man in a Minnesota building where they rent office space.
Previously, one Karen had an unwanted moment of international attention when a woman named Amy Cooper claimed to be deathly afraid of a Black man because he asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York City’s Central Park where bird watching is popular. Oh, and because it is against the rules to have dogs off leashes in the public park. It was one of the more egregious instances of Karen trying to police a Black person under flagrantly racist pretenses.
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The incident unfolded early on the Memorial Day holiday after Christian Cooper (obviously, no relation) spotted Karen’s dog off the leash in a part of Central Park called the Ramble. The video begins directly afterward and shows Karen, clearly embarrassed at being rightfully called out, reacting mercilessly on both human and canine levels, fumbling to put the leash on her dog while scrambling to call police at the same time. In doing so, she appeared to be choking, lifting and dragging her dog by the leash.
Karen can be seen and heard repeating in a shaky voice on her phone that “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” Christian Cooper’s video, of course, showed that the only apparent threat came when Karen moved aggressively toward him despite his pleas for her to stop advancing in his direction.
Watch the video below.
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
Prior to that madness, a social media debate broke out over the racial connotation behind the name Karen, with white women claiming it was the “N-word for white women.”
But not all of these videos have a racial undertone to them, either, as many of the so-called Karens show just as much negative energy toward their fellow white folks as they do to Black people. The underlying theme each time remains the same — how dare anybody go against what Karen says?
Karen wore a mask for 45 minutes and now she's crying because she can't see strangers' faces or hold their babies.https://t.co/AYE0N5Xtxo
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 20, 2020
That privileged attitude, however, has not prevailed as it used to not so long ago when an earlier incarnation of the Karens — BBQ Beckys — dominated the news cycle by calling the police on Black people who were somehow exhibiting threatening behavior by participating in everyday activities that included but were definitely not limited to having a cookout, selling Girl Scout cookies and studying in a university library.
Karens were already rising to infamy before the coronavirus pandemic set in. But as the COVID-19 crisis has continued, so have the Karens, undeterred in getting their points across.
From questioning why a Black police officer was “breaking into” his own home to assaulting workers at a Red Lobster restaurant who were only enforcing social distancing guidelines to finding a UPS worker “suspicious” for delivering packages to threatening pharmacy employees, the coronavirus has emboldened Karens across the world.
Another hallmark of the Karen videos is the decided absence of police violence. In one video, a Karen is joined by a throng of other Karens at a playground, one of the many places initially ruled off-limits during the pandemic. The video opens with a police officer politely and patiently asking the lead Karen to kindly leave since playgrounds were closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially among the young. But the head Karen in charge had other ideas and decided to mouth off to the cop, who gave her multiple chances to leave before he finally arrested her. We shudder to think of the police treatment a Black person would have received for exhibiting the same behavior.
That came after a male Karen blocked a Black delivery driver from leaving a gated community and called the police over the same kind of misguided suspicions that white folks have been known to have when they see Black and brown skin.
For the full Karen experience of living life feeling like there are no consequences and repercussions for one’s own actions, scroll down for a hearty dose of Karens’ reality as documented in the growing number of videos below.
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2. Arlo SoHo Karen
Wow! This woman made baseless claims against @keyonharrold and his 14yo son at @arlohotels Arlo SoHo — then assaulted them, scratching Keyon & tackling his boy. Worse, the hotel manager defended & empowered her actions, and refused to apologize after her claims were proven wrong! pic.twitter.com/LqHboiAEd6
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 27, 2020
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3. Trader Joe’s ‘Karen’
This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
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5. ‘Karen’ Pulls Gun On Black Woman And Daughter After Chipotle Argument
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6. Nurse ‘Karen’ Fired
Caron Jones — that’s Caron with a “K” as in “Karen” 👩🏼⚕️ — also called the Black Lives Matter movement a “ploy” for Black votes before the North Carolina nurse got fired for her racist social media posts.https://t.co/WQn68gNToF
— NewsOne (@newsone) July 1, 2020
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7. St. Louis ‘Karen’
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8. ‘Karen’s Husband’ Investigated After Calling Cops On Black Men
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10. Nurse ‘Karen’ Loses Her Job For ‘Black Privilege’ Video
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11. Seattle ‘Karen’ Has A Total Meltdown After Black Driver Records Her ‘White Tears’
“I HAVE A BLACK HUSBAND!”
A “Karen” in Seattle identified as Leah completely lost it when Karlos Dillard, a Black man, confronted and recorded her after he says he was the victim of her racist road rage.
The video has gone viral as Karening gets worse.https://t.co/X5ryYpQlhF
— NewsOne (@newsone) June 23, 2020
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12. Officer ‘Karen’ Is Slammed For Crying White Tears Over McDonald’s Wait
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13. Kroger ‘Karen’ Blocks Black Mother From Pulling Out Of Parking Lot Over ‘Gatorade’
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14. San Francisco ‘Karen’ Who Called Cops Over ‘BLM’ Art
A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP
— James Juanillo (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
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15. Karen the “Shorewood Spitter”
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16. Karen’s husband
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17. Karen’s other husband
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Question: I get we’re living in stressful times but why do we keep seeing so many white women abusing workers like this? pic.twitter.com/UKfWG631TX
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 18, 2020
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On the next episode of “are white people ok? 👀”…. meet Red Lobster Karen 🦞 pic.twitter.com/ElgRipPyrU
— Tax Wall Street. ✊🏽🦺🌈🧤🪑 (@angel_felixv) May 13, 2020
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Karen has a meltdown because store won’t let her in without a mask.
They offer to give her a mask.
They offer to shop for her.
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 17, 2020
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I can’t believe this is real. This lady went out to video shame everyone who dared to have fun in the sun at the beach and then she yelled at a Trader Joe’s worker over social distancing.
Karen needs to just stay home and leave the rest of us alone… 🙄🤦🏻♂️pic.twitter.com/QUeZkRSudW
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2020
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