"I'm angry, I'm frustrated, I'm mad. It just went too far. They are charging him with larceny, which I don't have no understanding as to why… "
The boy’s mother, Shamise Turk, has expressed her emotions regarding how her son was racially profiled and charged wrongly. Ryan Turk, the teen in question, only went back to the lunch line for milk. He was entitled to take it and drink it because he is registered on the school’s lunch program.
Suddenly a Prince William County police officer came to him and accused him of stealing the milk. Ryan said that the police officer grabbed him to arrest but he yanked away since he wasn’t his father and had no right to handle him like that.
Would you blame the little boy for his behavior towards the officer? Police have lost credibility in the society and certainly the respect of young black boys, who have seen how their fellow colleagues misbehave on the internet and in the news, especially when it comes to dealing with people of color. Besides, the boy was sure that he was innocent to whatever charges the officer was talking about.
Ryan was later handcuffed because officers said he “broke the rules and behaved disorderly”. He was later searched for drugs. The school principal says, “he was acting inappropriately.”
“Because he was fidgety, kept pulling on the strings of his pants, and laughing when we were trying to talk to him and just wouldn’t talk,” Shamise Turk said.
He was later suspended for “theft, being disrespectful and using his cell phone.”
“I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m mad. It just went too far. They are charging him with larceny, which I don’t have no understanding as to why… when he was entitled to that milk from the beginning,” said Ms. Turk.
Now he cannot continue to go to school, if charges still remain, which should be canceled because these were wrong in the first place. Otherwise, Ryan will have a juvenile record and won’t find it easy going to college and later getting a job. They just want to ruin his future over nothing!
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