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Unregistered Police Offenders

By Jose Reyna, CURYJ Community Organizer

Oakland, CA

It was December 22, 2008, I remember that day like it was yesterday, It was my 12th birthday and my first encounter with the Oakland Police Department. I was outside my front gate with my cousins talking and joking around when a patrol car pulled up and two police officers hopped out with guns drawn, ordering us to put our hands up. We complied with what they asked, but we were still searched and harassed. They questioned us about what we were doing in a known drug area, I told them it was my twelfth birthday and that this here was my house. They responded by asking if I wanted to get tazed twelve times or if I wanted to get hit by the baton twelve times. They continued harassing us for about an hour until our parents came out, then they acted like their job was done and tried to act all polite.

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