The arrest of one of Princeton University’s professors of African American studies has roused debate on social media as, once again, the tactics of police officers when interacting with non-white people have come into question. Dr. Imani Perry tweeted about the incident on February 7, writing, “Yesterday, on my way to work, I was arrested in Princeton Township for a single parking ticket three years ago…”
Two white officers stopped Perry on the morning of February 6 for speeding, Captain Nicholas K. Sutter of the Princeton police department told the New York Times. Sutter said that the professor was detained because her driving privileges had been suspended and a warrant sent out for her arrest based on not one, but two, unpaid parking violations from 2013. Perry was brought to the station and booked before paying a $130 fine, which led to her release. During the booking, Perry was handcuffed to a table in the police station.
“There are a number of commentators online who have repeated to me an all-too-common formulation: ‘Well, if you hadn’t done anything wrong, this wouldn’t have happened.’ But this demand for behavioral perfection from Black people in response to disproportionate policing and punishment is a terrible red herring,” Perry wrote in a post about the arrest shared on Facebook, where most in the comments section express support. She also claimed that a “body search” was performed by a male officer, despite the presence of a female, which is department protocol.
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