Image

8:16 AM / Friday August 12, 2022

6 Dec 2013

Charges dropped against N.Y. students arrested for waiting on school bus

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
December 6, 2013 Category: Stateside Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Students (from l to r) Daequon Carelock, Wan’Tauhjs Weathers, and Raliek Redd speak to WROC about their arrest outside of the store where they were waiting on the bus their coach sent to pick them up.

(Photo: News One.com/WROC)

 

News One 

 

Charges have been dropped against three Black teens who were arrested while waiting on a school bus in Rochester, New York.

 

“After reviewing the facts associated with these arrests, I have decided to dismiss the charges in the interest of justice,” said District Attorney Sandra Doorley in a statement Tuesday.

 

On Nov. 27., Raliek Redd, Wan’Tauhjs Weathers and Daequon Carelock were waiting for a bus, arranged by their coach Jacob Scott, to pick them up and take them to a scrimmage game, when they were arrested after refusing police orders to “disperse,” reported by the Raw Story.

 

“We didn’t do nothing,” said Redd. “We was just trying to go to our scrimmage.”

 

Despite their attempts to explain why they were standing there, police arrested them anyway.

 

According to the police report, they were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without compliance.,” reports WROC.com.

 

Scott arrived on the scene just as the teens were being handcuffed and he implored the police to let them go. They threatened to arrest him for coming to their defense.

 

“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott said. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”

 

Scott said a sergeant showed up and backed up his officer.

 

“One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown,” Scott said.

Image

 

Scott said that the event was traumatic for everyone involved: “These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested,” Scott remarked. “I’m speaking to the officers with dignity…and still and yet – they see me get treated like nothing.”

 

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Education

Pennsylvania universities reject GOP call to freeze tuition

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By Brooke Schultz ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — Four Pennsylvania universities said last...

Entertainment

Atlanta’s image challenged by facts of 1906 race massacre

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By Michael Warren associated press ATLANTA— Everyone who moves through downtown Atlanta today...

Health

Back-to-school quiz for parents: Put your vaccination knowledge to the test

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT It’s that time of year: Kids are squeezing in the last seconds...

Stateside

Justices uphold Pennsylvania’s 2019 mail-in voting expansion

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Workers count Philadelphia’s mail ballots for the May 18 primary election...

Color Of Money

How much does a funeral cost?

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT When a death occurs, it’s normal to wonder – and even worry...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Jackfruit Stew

August 5, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’?: 7 Bean Stew What’s Cookin’?...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff