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‘They believe we’re criminals’: black Puerto Ricans say they’re a police target

‘They believe we’re criminals’: black Puerto Ricans say they’re a



Activists say police racially profile black communities, despite Puerto Rico’s image as a melting pot without racial problemsWhen Nina Figueroa, 25, protested with fellow Puerto Ricans this summer to oust the then governor, Ricardo Rosselló, she believed she stood out to police. Figueroa, a college student studying comparative literature, had been arrested multiple times while in the streets and was starting to notice a pattern.“I have been arrested in protests three times and all three times I was doing nothing,” says Figueroa. “I asked myself: ‘Why do the police arrest me so much?’ And obviously it wasn’t until I understood that I’m an easy target for the police because I’m a black woman.” Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/09/they-believe-were-criminals-black-puerto-ricans-say-theyre-a-police-target

Author : Natasha S Alford in Puerto Rico

Publish date : 2019-10-09 06:00:59

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