Earlier this week a black teenager from Wisconsin received the scare of a lifetime. Akil Carter was riding in a car with his white grandmother when they were pulled over after police received a tip that 2 black males were robbing a white woman nearby.
A police spokesperson says the officers responded appropriately and released the teen as soon as they realized there was a “misunderstanding” However, the family of the black teen is considering legal action after wondering how this potentially fatal situation happen in the first place.
Wauwatosa Police Department cameras captured police ordering 18-year-old Carter out of his grandmother’s car, handcuffing him, and ordering him into the back of a squad car.
Carter’s grandmother, Paulette Barr, had just left church and was driving him to work when police stopped them.
Officers say they initially started following them after an African American couple identified the vehicle. But police say they never got a statement from those witnesses because they left the area. The families attorney is skeptical. “It seems strange that for all the dash cam footage the police have turned over, we have not seen anything where the officers are interacting with these people,” said Joy Bertrand, Carter’s family lawyer.
“Any random person can run up to a police officer now and say, stop that car, its engaged in a robbery, and that’s all it takes,” Bertrand said. Stating that even if the account isn’t accurate, the officers clearly overacted.