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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:47 PM

 

Black Man Was Stopped by Police for Sitting in His Car, Reading C.S. Lewis

Source: Mic

By Kathleen Wong July 13, 2016

On July 7, former high school English teacher Louizandre Dauphin was fed up with the news cycle and decided to drive to a quiet place to do some reading.

Sound suspicious? Residents that saw him in his car thought so and, naturally, they called the police, who stopped the black New Brunswick, Canada, resident as he drove back home.

In his subsequent Instagram post about the incident, Dauphin said the officer told him that locals had reported a suspicious black man sitting in a parked car.

In the post, he explains that the week's string of racially charged violence in the United States, compounded with his own personal struggles, left Dauphin "stewing in my apartment," he wrote to his Instagram. So he decided to blow off steam with some nature and reading.

On his drive home, Dauphin was going slightly under the speed limit, so he was confused when an officer pulled up behind him with his lights on. The cop was "kind and respectful," wrote Dauphin, verified his information, asked him the "usual questions" and then asked whether Dauphin was in Janeville earlier that night. When Dauphin expressed shock at being reported for just hanging out in his car, the officer replied, "Well, you know, it's a small town."

Read more: https://mic.com/articles/148519/this-black-man-was-stopped-by-police-for-sitting-in-his-car-reading-c-s-lewis#.k2NbHnTBH



Okay, so maybe Canadians are a tad bit more racist than I thought. Still doesn't come close to our level, though.

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Reply Black Man Was Stopped by Police for Sitting in His Car, Reading C.S. Lewis (Original post)
Night Watchman Jul 2016 OP
HipChick Jul 2016 #1
MrScorpio Jul 2016 #2
cntrfthrs Jul 2016 #28
obamanut2012 Jul 2016 #33
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #3
MH1 Jul 2016 #7
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #11
MH1 Jul 2016 #12
Night Watchman Jul 2016 #48
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #24
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #26
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #27
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #29
obamanut2012 Jul 2016 #35
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #39
tblue37 Jul 2016 #44
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #46
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #45
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #47
obamanut2012 Jul 2016 #34
63splitwindow Jul 2016 #38
padfun Jul 2016 #4
MH1 Jul 2016 #9
padfun Jul 2016 #14
Hoyt Jul 2016 #5
IronLionZion Jul 2016 #6
Night Watchman Jul 2016 #17
Person 2713 Jul 2016 #8
FailureToCommunicate Jul 2016 #16
sheshe2 Jul 2016 #10
Night Watchman Jul 2016 #18
Mendocino Jul 2016 #13
kentauros Jul 2016 #31
progressoid Jul 2016 #42
kentauros Jul 2016 #43
zentrum Jul 2016 #15
Elmergantry Jul 2016 #21
zentrum Jul 2016 #23
Night Watchman Jul 2016 #30
Name removed Jul 2016 #49
Elmergantry Jul 2016 #36
LanternWaste Jul 2016 #40
Elmergantry Jul 2016 #41
DustyJoe Jul 2016 #19
pansypoo53219 Jul 2016 #20
Cha Jul 2016 #22
dembotoz Jul 2016 #25
obamanut2012 Jul 2016 #32
ChairmanAgnostic Jul 2016 #37

Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:49 PM

1. Does not shock me..

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:50 PM

2. Canada defintely has some issues with racism

It's just that they're not as frequently compounded by acts of violence, unless we're talking about problems involving First Nations peoples instead.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 11:00 PM

28. please explain what you mean

by....'problems involving First Nations peoples instead.'

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Response to cntrfthrs (Reply #28)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:14 AM

33. Just what Mr. Scorpio said

Even the Canadian gov't has recognized how First Nations folks, especially the women, are treated, especially by LEOs.

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:55 PM

3. Could be a legitimate "check welfare" stop...

 

so to even mention it weakens others. His actions sound like those of a depressed person, which is even hinted at in the report in the OP.

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:06 PM

7. He was told that it was called in as "suspicious black man"

A Bathurst man says he was pulled over and questioned by RCMP while driving home from Stonehaven wharf, and was told it was because police received several calls regarding a "suspicious black man" in a white car parked at the wharf.

Louizandre Dauphin, the director of parks, recreation and tourism for the City of Bathurst, was reading an anthology of works by C.S. Lewis.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-bathurst-reading-wharf-1.3672419

Couple key points -

* public area. Not like he just pulled over in a neighborhood where he doesn't live just because it was nice and quiet (which was an option left open by the article linked in the OP)
* employed professional - not (just) a "former teacher" as indicated in the OP's link

Doesn't really sound like a depressed person to me. He went to a nice place to read a book. Some shitheads thought he was scary because he was black.

Sigh.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:15 PM

11. The fact he was reported as "suspicious black man" and that it was a wharf...

 

are not in the original post, which is what my comments were based upon.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHlCfJvDLbB/embed/






























weren't in original post


Sigh.














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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:17 PM

12. Yes, the lack of details in the original post

is what caused me to click through to the news article, which thankfully was more substantive.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:12 PM

48. Third Paragraph of the OP

 

In his subsequent Instagram post about the incident, Dauphin said the officer told him that locals had reported a suspicious black man sitting in a parked car.


So...what gives?

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:40 PM

24. "His actions sound like those of a depressed person"

 

Sitting in your car and reading poetry? Seriously?

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:37 PM

26. Yeah I drive off and park somewhere and read poetry all the time. Then I leave...

 

making sure I drive under the speed limit, all the while contemplating not only problems in our society but my "own personal struggles" as well. This after getting weary after "stewing in my apartment" and needing to blow off some steam. Who doesn't do that?

Then, if some police officer stops me and asks me if I'm OK I usually assure him I am and go on about my business. You?

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #26)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:53 PM

27. I go to the park when I'm stressed

 

and most African Americans drive at speed limit or a little below it to not get hassled by the cops. I still do not see how a cop pulling this guy over for being black could be construed as a wellness check. In fact, the "this is a small town" excuse the cop gave is a big dog whistle.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #27)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 11:08 PM

29. I still do not see how a cop pulling this guy over for being black could be construed as a wellness

 

check."

Well who could if they accepted your premise? You take the fact he was pulled over BECAUSE he was black as a given. I don't. After all was said and done he was determined to be OK and he went on his way. Was he ordered out of his car? Did he have to sit on the curb? Handcuffed? Patted down? Car searched? Him or his car sniffed by a dog? Backups called? Put in back of police cruiser?

I think all I sit and read in my car is directions on how to fix what's causing my car to just sit there. And I have never read poetry to "blow off steam." I would be much more likely to be blasting something raucous on the sound system.

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #26)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:17 AM

35. Actually, lots of people do that

Including myself.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #35)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:04 AM

39. HAHAHA- sorry, didn't pass giggle test. nt

 

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #39)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:53 PM

44. Just because you don't read poetry, that doesn't mean no one does.

One of my students told me she kept her big poetry anthology from my course in her car so she could read poetry whenever she was stuck somewhere. Once people learn to understand and appreciate it, they often find reading poetry to be remarkably enjoyable.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #44)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:10 PM

46. Reading poetry is GREAT when stuck somewhere or waiting on someone...

 

or while sitting or laying in a park or at the beach or in nature anywhere or at home or many, many other places. If I went outside right now, though, and someone was just parked along the curb reading poetry or anything else, with no other purpose for being there, I would think it odd. My initial comment on this thread was based upon the first post which made it sound as though that could describe what he was doing. Being at a scenic wharf (which was apparently the case) changes it, in my mind, so as to not be quite so odd.

What happened after he was stopped other than the officer briefly talking to the guy and letting him proceed on his way? That IS consistent with a welfare check, don't you think? Did anything happen after he was stopped that is inconsistent with a simple welfare check?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #35)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:08 PM

45. Just another white person

 

who doesn't want to admit that profiling happens.

For the record, I am a white male.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #45)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:12 PM

47. Incorrect. For the record I don't care what color you are. nt

 

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Response to 63splitwindow (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:16 AM

34. He said he was "stewing" which isn't being depressed

He needed to get away from all the negative news and chill someplace where he wasn't be a TV or his computer. That isn't a "wellness check."

WTF

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #34)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:02 AM

38. "Stewing" is not being depressed?

 

Thanks, never knew those terms were mutually exclusive.

When a police officer talks to someone to make sure they are OK it is called a "welfare check". Happens frequently. WTF

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:00 PM

4. "Canada" didn't call this in

One person did. I wouldn't make wide judgments of groups based on one phone call and the required look. In fact, the cop checked and went on his way.

(in reply to several follow-up posts)

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Response to padfun (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:07 PM

9. Please see my link and excerpt above, it was several people.

And it sounds like it isn't a completely isolated event.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:28 PM

14. I know, but even then.

There will always be rednecks, even in the most tolerant land. Seven percent of all people are clinically insane, maybe more if you count Trumpers. I'll bet the non racist will vastly outnumber the racist ones. It's just that the loafs get all of the attention.

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:01 PM

5. Bet that ticked off police. I think it was Richard Pryor who joked about a policeman

following him in the South. The police were very hostile to Blacks who could read. Pryor said he was driving very carefully down a steep hill and as he go close to the intersection he saw a Stop sign -- "Oh Lord, if I stop they'll harass me because I'm educated, if I run it, they'll get me for running a Stop sign." Of course he really embellished the story. Might have been another comedian.

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:05 PM

6. Yup, Canadians can be racist too

but apparently their cops are less murderous. That's a very good thing.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:50 PM

17. Murder would be Very Impolite, EH?

 

Sorry, couldn't resist!

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:06 PM

8. Ask northern Native Americans if whites are a "tad bit" racist in Canada

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Response to Person 2713 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:35 PM

16. +1

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:12 PM

10. Is C.S. Lewis ....

on a banned book list? Perhaps that is why the cops were called.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 07:32 PM

18. If so,

 

those neighbors must have incredible eyesight!

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:23 PM

13. DWB

Driving with book.

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Response to Mendocino (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 02:48 AM

31. Or more simply: R

Reading




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Response to kentauros (Reply #31)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 03:10 PM

42. OMG.

I've never seen that one before.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #42)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:26 PM

43. And of course it happened at a Waffle House

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:29 PM

15. Deep in their instinctive hearts

…White people are so afraid of Black people because White people know that for 400 years White people have tortured, robbed, and impoverished Black people. Even if an individual White person feels they've done none of these things, they know their group, in history, and up to the present moment, has done great evil.

You're damn right Whites are afraid. So they call the cops over a "suspicious Black man in a car". They are so afraid of their own history—never atoned for, never set right.

We need truth and reconciliation trials, reparations and an admission of history. As well as economic and social justice. Then White people won't be so afraid and making such trouble in the lives of ordinary Black people just trying to live.



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Response to zentrum (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 08:31 PM

21. Disagree.

 

I think they are afraid due to statistics.

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Response to Elmergantry (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:15 PM

23. Yeah, that's the easy

..knee jerk unthinking reaction but why do those statistics exist as they are?

White people's treatment of Black people is the reason those statistics exist as they are in the first place. Look deeper for why they are so uptight and convinced by those statistics.

White people, on some level, know that they've visited a horror on Black people. That's the conversation that needs to happen.

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Response to zentrum (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 02:06 AM

30. NAILED IT!

 

Not only do whites have a terrible record in our treatment of blacks, we have a terrible record in our treatment of everybody who isn't us!

Spot on, zentrum!

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Response to zentrum (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:44 AM

36. I think the "easy unthinking reaction"

 

Is to blame everything on whitey.

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Response to Elmergantry (Reply #36)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:11 AM

40. I see no one on this thread blaming "everything on whitey."

I see no one on this thread blaming "everything on whitey." I do however, perceive an implied corollary.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #40)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:51 AM

41. sounds like it to me

 

"White people's treatment of Black people is the reason those statistics exist "

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 07:53 PM

19. training ?

Police dispatchers need training on whether to even dispatch a patrol car on a citizens complaint call.

So what happens when you call on a suspicous anything and the dispatcher decides it's not important ?

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 07:59 PM

20. i blame the 911 callers & 911 not asking more.

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 08:37 PM

22. K&R.. thank you..

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:20 PM

25. driving while litterate.....oh the humanity

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:12 AM

32. Oh, I actually think in some ways they can be more racist

Because they have had a less diverse society for a much shorter period than the US. This is a blanket statement from my own experiences.

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Response to Night Watchman (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:45 AM

37. Just be grateful it wasn't Edgar Allan Poe.

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