A few days ago, I met a man who suffered a carjacking and when he reported it to the local officials, he was arrested for five days because of unpaid parking tickets. While he was detained, he wasn’t allowed free phone calls, but was also denied getting any money from his home, therefore lost his job for failing to contact them. After his five days, it was revealed that he had indeed paid the parking tickets, but the county jail failed to update their computers (oh gee, I wonder why?? Maybe it’s because they spend more money trying to put people in jail than investing in technology that might be able to alleviate them of falsified criminalization). He later asked if it was possible that he could get a note signifying what happened in an effort to get his job back, but was refused because it might delegitimize the credibility of the police.
These type of things happen all the time in Los Angeles, especially to black and brown people. And some of y’all have the nerve to wonder why people say “fuck the police”?