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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:14 AM
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Arrests were racially motivated, say salespeople
JEREMY RANCH, Summit County Eight African-American door-to-door salespeople found themselves in jail this week for soliciting without a license, while they say their white colleague went free.

The incident Tuesday involving Summit County sheriff's deputies has the five men and three women claiming racial discrimination.

"I felt like it was kind of biased for us to be arrested and her not to be for doing the same thing," said Detroit native Ryan Jackson, a 44-year-old salesman for Adavanage Diversified Products. The Illinois-based company dispatches its sales force around the country to sell organic cleaning products.

"They gave us the impression they were racist," said Mike Young, a 10-year veteran of the company who has sold in Jeremy Ranch before. "They treated us like criminals."

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Kristin Riege, a 20-year-old white woman, said she had just finished a sale on Lower Saddleback Road when an officer in a black unmarked police truck pulled alongside her and flashed a badge.

"He said, 'Be careful out there. We have just arrested all of your co-workers,'" Riege said. "He never told me to stop working."

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:45 AM
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1. Summit County, Utah for others wondering
I was particularly alarmed to think it was Summit County, Colorado
Not that it is acceptable anywhere...but, perhaps less unexpected
In UT
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iemitsu Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:46 AM
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2. i think what the news man meant to say was,
some of those black sales-people really scare the local population and have done so in the past.
this, of course, justifies the zero tolerance policy on black sales-people.
and we'll just pretend we did not treat the white sales-person differently. after all, what proof does she have?
and who would you believe, the sheriff or the white woman who works with black people?

ever since w stole the whitehouse in 2000 the racists have been crawling out of the woodwork. what was it that signaled to these low-lifes that overt racism was once again acceptable?
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HubertHeaver Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:55 PM
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3. Actually, it was Ronnie the Magnificent that said racism was OK again.
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iemitsu Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:51 PM
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4. you're right, of course.
i remember those campaign slogans "you've done enough for the poor now its your turn" and "government's the problem not the solution".
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