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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Black Woman says, Don't Taser My Nephew"

Black Family vs. police over droopy pants

Yes, it was a Black Family vs. police over droopy pants as an estimated 20 deputies, two canine units and a police helicopter swarmed the area surrounding the mall's food court, shutting down roads, all to arrest a 52-year-old man, his 50-year-old wife and four other relatives, ages 16 to 20, Thursday evening.

Six members of a family were arrested at The Mall at Wellington Green in an incident that began benignly enough over a pair of droopy jeans but ended like a chaotic scene out of the Cops TV show. More HERE

The scene that preceded the arrival of more than 20 sheriff's deputies and a helicopter at the Mall at Wellington Green to arrest a family of six last week was a chaotic concoction of pushing, screaming, scratching, kicking and cursing that nearly resulted in multiple tasings, law enforcement records show.

A sheriff's report released Monday suggests the number of patrol cars on hand to arrest members of the Leger family could have topped 30. A police helicopter and at least two canine units also were present, according to eyewitness accounts. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office continued to defend it's show of force.

"Officers do respond, and they respond in mass," Capt. Greg Richter said. "It's always better to have more officers than you need." According to the reports, deputies arrested 20-year-old Frantz Leger, a Florida State University business sophomore, without a disturbance after a security guard recognized him in the mall's food court around 7 p.m. and notified deputies.

In the food court's parking lot later, however, police insist his relatives then arrived and attempted to stop his arrest. The Leger family says it was the deputies who were the aggressors. Marthe Leger, Frantz's 50-year-old mother, pushed two deputies to block them from arresting and tasing her nephew who had allegedly assaulted a deputy during the fracas, according to an arrest report. She also is accused of kicking and attempting to pull away from a deputy during her arrest.

As Francis L. Holland said, "Why is it that whites can find a way to prosecute Blacks for wearing baggie jeans in a mall (trespass), but they can't find a way to prosecute white high school students for hanging nooses on a tree on public property, e.g. "trespass" and "disturbing the peace." Read more about the incident Here

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