Remarks to Council, Dec. 6, 2016

City Hall, 1 S. Huron St., downtown Ypsilanti, MI

[Editor’s note: According to dashcam + bodycam footage, the reported encounter took place between 12:15-18 on the morning of Wednesday, November 30, 2016.]

“Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head, It’s like a jungle sometimes, It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under.” – The Message // Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

A little after midnight, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 I exited the apartment of a mentor located in the Greenbrier Apartment Community near the Mansfield at Congress intersection.

(I walked eastbound on Congress Street for two hundred feet in the road due to zero street lighting + no non-motorized trail/pathway available.)

12:10, I began walking on the sidewalk made available at the Mansfield at Congress intersection and continued walking eastbound through the Normal Park neighborhood.

12:14, I walked eastbound towards the normal park swimming pool, just passing the Beautiful Gate International Church main campus, but not yet at the Wallace at Congress intersection, I noticed a bright flashing light on our backs, making the neighborhood glow.

12:15, an officer (#1; white American, female-bodied, 5feet 8inches tall, maybe 155lbs, brownish hair) directed me to turn around.

12:15, same officer instructs me to put my hands in the air.

12:16, same officer instructs me to put my hands behind my head. At this very moment a second YPD arrived here.

12:16, second officer (#2; white American, male-bodied, 5feet 8inches tall, maybe 160lbs, black hair), mentioned something about a stolen car.

12:17, officer #1 frisks me, D’Real.

12:17, officer #1 recorded my credentials (not handcuffed, but it’s safe to say that I was “detained” at this point). I use the word detained, because at this point a third squad car (EMU) pulled up, and over the radio inquired if the YPD officers needed additional back up.

12:18, officers drive away, I call said basketball coach to update him of the harassment, he was very displeased.

12:50, I arrived home on Washington Street.

  • It takes four minutes (0.2 miles) to walk from Greenbrier Apartments past the BGIC main campus according to Google.
  • It takes twenty-nine minutes (1.5 miles) to walk from Greenbrier Apartments to Washington Street according to Google.
  • Stood just about here when the first officer arrived.
  • Don’t remember badge numbers or names. (The light being directed at me, did blur our vision for a while.)

Questions (for City Council to consider moving forward): Is Ypsilanti’s ‘stop and frisk’ policy unconstitutional? If I unconsciously entered a not properly secured crime scene, why didn’t officers redirect me, instead of stopping and frisking me?

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