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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 [View all]

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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