Piggybacking on fears of imminent racial violence, it’s become a kind of pejorative shorthand.Most recently, the case of Michael Dunn has outraged many people over the killing of yet another unarmed young black teenager over perceptions of “thug” behavior.When the attackers fled, another man entered the Texas Chicken and Burgers spot and emptied the victim’s pockets before fleeing, police said.The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for multiple broken bones, contusions and lacerations.Clockwise, from top left: Jordan Davis, Richard Sherman, Trayvon Martin and Crispus Attucks.(flickr, AP, Wikimedia Commons) The word “thug” has come to define societal views of black men.
The 37-year-old victim told police that an argument began when he offered to help pay for the two men’s meal, which they were a few dollars short of paying for, inside Texas Chicken and Burgers in Flatbush on March 1.The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering America’s criminal-justice system. There was a culture of collecting books in a series — they’d talk about them. They call it ‘popping the cell.’ Once the guard opens your cell, all you gotta do is stick some tissue in the mechanism.An extended interview with Commissioner Joseph Ponte is available on s long as the City of New York has owned Rikers Island, since the 1880s, it has been a place for the unwanted. Not long afterward, the island — conveniently but remotely located in the East River between the Bronx and Queens, not 300 feet from where La Guardia’s runways now sit — was converted to a partial landfill, full of horse manure and garbage. We had a big call for urban lit, so books geared toward people of color, talking about neighborhoods they’d grown up in. And it was mostly young black guys who took these books, who had not finished high school or just finished. It reads on their board as closed, but you can shake it and open it up on your own from that moment on.” Rikers has gotten a lot of attention in the year since you arrived, not much of it very flattering.'I saw her face and the look on her face was just pure fear. The footage was removed from Facebook after police contacted the social media website.This report is a partnership between New York and The Marshall Project. I learned how to get out of my cell without the guard opening the gate.