NY Times Columnist Enraged After Son Stopped by Police
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow is infuriated after his son was allegedly stopped by Yale University police at gunpoint on Saturday, because he was mistaken for a burglar.
The author took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
“So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted — at GUN POINT — by a Yale policeman bc he ‘fit the description’ of a suspect,’” he tweeted. “He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal.”
During his rant, the civil rights activist referenced Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin by using the hashtags #ICantBreathe and #BlackLivesMatter, and continued with “This is exactly why I have NO PATIENCE for ppl trying to convince me that the fear these young blk men feel isn’t real #RacialBattleFatigue”
When officers detained Blow’s son, Tahj, they were responding to reports from students who claimed an African-American male robber “wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat” had been roaming the campus.
While Tahj was shaken, Blow is still “fuming.”
He fleshed out the details of the incident in a new column, and stated that the school has since apologized, “but the scars cannot be unmade.”
Read the full essay here.