Dixon accused officers of racial bias

AP

Saints cornerback Brian Dixon was arrested early Sunday after an incident involving a moped.  Specifically, he was arrested for resisting arrest.  It still remains unclear what he was being arrested for when he allegedly resisted arrest.

Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate has obtained the police report.

According to the report, police officers saw Dixon “splitting lanes” and driving down the center of the road, eventually swerving and cutting off another vehicle.

The officers contend that Dixon became “belligerent” after he learned that he’d be getting a ticket, eventually saying “just give me my ticket so I can get the f–k out of here.”

According to the report, Dixon’s “imposing size, stature, and weight, as well as the defendant’s agitated state” resulted in an order to sit on a curb.  (He’s listed as six feet and 195 pounds, which would nearly qualify me as having “imposing size, stature, and weight.”)  Dixon refused, instead taking a step toward the officer.

An officer then began to place Dixon under arrest.  He allegedly tensed his body and pulled away from the officer.

“Let me go,” Dixon allegedly said.  “You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal.”

While being taken in custody, Dixon said, “I’m not a criminal.  I give so much to this community.  I’m an NFL player.  Let me call my agent.”

The Saints acknowledged that they are aware of the incident but had no further comment on Dixon, who earned a roster spot last year despite being undrafted.

129 responses to “Dixon accused officers of racial bias

  1. We are going to start seeing a lot more of the race card after everything that has happened the past 12 months.

    Meanwhile nobody talks about a white police officer shot point blank in the face in Boston but a convicted felon. #whatlivesmatter?

  2. In other words he can do anything he wants because he’s a NFL player, works for me.

  3. Dixon’s “imposing size, stature, and weight, as well as the defendant’s agitated state”

    Really? This looks really shaky to me. Code words for driving while black.

  4. I can assume that the police officer was white?I’m sorry, but it’s not racial. Being polite to people (and yes, police are people too) never hurt anyone. If the police officer was a woman, would he say he was ticketed because he’s a man?

  5. The old “Do you know who I am???” defense.

    “Yeah. You’re the moron I’m arresting”

  6. I was once placed under arrest and put on the citation it stated I was a “large man” & it was a reason for handcuffing and detaining me. When we went to court, the judge laughed, the cop had a good 3+ inches & probably over 20 pounds on me. It all started over a noise complaint.

  7. Idiot. You were obviously violating traffic laws. Just shut the heck up and get (and pay) your ticket and move on…just like the rest of us.

  8. “Race card?” What’s more of a “race card” than not having PD’s that are not reflective of the communities they serve.

    Blinders on much?

  9. Fighting with the police is like fighting with your wife. Even when you win, you lose.

  10. When will people learn that when a police officer tells you to do something, you do it? You don’t talk back, you don’t take menacing steps toward them, you just do it.

    You can call your lawyer (or *agent*) later and get things resolved.

    When I’ve been pulled over I give the officer the information he wants, wait for him to write my ticket and go on about my day. No talk back, no yelling, no threatening. See, it’s easy.

  11. If is walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. He would not be a criminal if he had just signed the ticket.

    Don’t these guys ever figure out that your chances of a better outcome are always better arguing before a judge instead of the police??

  12. These guys are just thinking of a way that will help their case when they go to court and hopefully the judge won’t convict them due to the “public opinion” outcry.

    If the glove don’t fit….you must acquit.

  13. This will never happen to me. Because I am white? No, because when a LEO pulls me over, I don’t act belligerent, I do as they say and I do it in a calm manner. Once you take a step towards a cop, reach for things without being told to get them,talk back or generally act like an ass, all bets are off. Its just that we have too many people in the world who feel like they are being disrespected if they even get pulled over in the first place.

  14. douchebigelow says:
    Mar 29, 2015 4:08 PM
    Sure didn’t take long for the obligatory race card to be pulled.
    ******************
    Didn’t take any time for you to try to squash any critical thinking by citing the race card. I can only surmise it’s because you deny racism has ever existed or you know it does, just can’t stand to hear that people notice it.

  15. Jesse. Al. Obama and holder are proud . Playing the race card always the way to go…
    Wah wah wah wah wah wah… Moped ?? Haha haha

  16. Well mopeds are so hot among multi-million dollar nfl players, how could the officer not realize he was “someone who gives so much to the community”

    A moped? Really? Lolz

  17. Thank god. I thought I was going to see a bunch of comments bashing police and being dumb. Instead it looks like most of you are pretty reasonable.

  18. Can’t we just get along? Donuts eaters please do not do the job your paid to do. If they never enforce any laws, and just stick to eatin donuts, no issues.

  19. Didn’t take any time for you to try to squash any critical thinking by citing the race card. I can only surmise it’s because you deny racism has ever existed or you know it does, just can’t stand to hear that people notice it.

    Oh racism surely exists, and it’s a two way street as well as a convenient crutch.

  20. Hey qdog.

    There is racism that still exists and always will. You would think that “the boy crying wolf” scenario looses its bite after every knucklehead claims racism. So when it really happens then people tend to blow it off more.

    Or can you not accept that there are all forms of racism against all races other than a black person.

    Who knows?… I wonder if a white person can get into a black fraternity? Or is that not racist?

  21. This comment from him was interesting…

    “You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal.”

    Dude, don’t ever tell the cops “I look like a criminal.” It’s not smart.

  22. Another classic example that good things don’t come to those out after midnight. When I was his age I was out too, but sooner or later bad things happen.

  23. At least he didn’t play the dreaded “comically undersized paper-boy delivery vehicle bias” card.

  24. A lot of you are missing the point.

    The media WANT racial strife.

    They create it and perpetuate it. It’s good for business and politics.

    Then, when it is proven wrong (Ferguson, Trayvon Martin), they ignore it. How many are aware that the cop in Ferguson was COMPLETELY exonerated?

  25. What’s more of a “race card” than continually being pulled over for DWB?

    Yeah, like we know that never happens! I’m a retired cop and I’ve been pulled over DWB!

  26. “I’ve given so much to this community” as an un drafted free agent I have to get around on a 2 wheel Briggs n Stratton modified lawnmower… Let me call my agent, hopefully he remembers my name…

  27. @ noffy32
    Who knows?… I wonder if a white person can get into a black fraternity? Or is that not racist?

    Ummm… There are whites in black fraternities. Do some research. And for everyone making a comment on him riding a moped, he’s in southbeach , with the crazy traffic they have moped rental places everywhere and many prefer that to walking. Why don’t some of you get from behind the keyboard and try traveling a little.

  28. sylvester000001 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 5:19 PM
    Soooo….. he should’ve just sat on the curb, right?

    What doe sthe black community seem to not understand?

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    The black community understands that YOU aren’t asked to sit on the curb!

  29. “Dixon refused, instead taking a step toward the officer.

    An officer then began to place Dixon under arrest. He allegedly tensed his body and pulled away from the officer.

    If you act like a criminal, you should expect to get treated like a criminal

  30. I travel… Every year and if I tell my wife and my girls were gonna be riding mopeds… I’m traveling alone… Wait… That brilliant

  31. Unless you are black which I am, or Latino you can never understand the humiliation and disrespect you feel when you are pulled over simply because of the color of your skin, and believe me you know it. You know by the tone what it’s all about and when it happens to you numerous times, yes sometimes you can take something that appears routine and your frustration boils over.

    Even when I go into court when I’m dressed in a suit as an attorney the attitude and response is completely different then when I go in dressed casually because I’m simply dropping papers.

    If you want to pretend there is not a race problem you need to come out of your shell. And the very reason there are black fraternities and organizations like the NAACP is because of the race problem. If you think it’s gone away and these groups are no longer needed I invite you to spend 24 hours in my shoes.

  32. bbbmf says:
    Mar 29, 2015 5:36 PM
    sylvester000001 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 5:19 PM
    Soooo….. he should’ve just sat on the curb, right?

    What doe sthe black community seem to not understand?

    =================

    The black community understands that YOU aren’t asked to sit on the curb!

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    I’ve been asked to because I was on probation with a gun in my car with permission from my Probation Officer. So I did. They looked into itand then they let me go because I was honest and knew they were just doing their job. I had a headlight out.

  33. “I’ve given so much to this community” as an un drafted free agent I have to get around on a 2 wheel Briggs n Stratton modified lawnmower… Let me call my agent, hopefully he remembers my name…

    Now that’s funny stuff 700. I laughed out loud for the first time in 40 sum odd years.

  34. If you’re not black you can’t possibly know what’s it’s like to be pulled over for absolutely no reason harassed without an explanation and then let go without ever being given a reason as to why you were ever pulled over. He was pulled over for switching lanes is what it sounds like. If the reason he was pulled over was all the reasons the officer listed he would have been given a sobriety test but he wasn’t which further lets me know he was pulled over for DWB

  35. lassea says: Mar 29, 2015 4:29 PM

    When will people learn that when a police officer tells you to do something, you do it? You don’t talk back, you don’t take menacing steps toward them, you just do it.

    You can call your lawyer (or *agent*) later and get things resolved.

    When I’ve been pulled over I give the officer the information he wants, wait for him to write my ticket and go on about my day. No talk back, no yelling, no threatening. See, it’s easy.
    _______________________________

    Communist Russia and Nazi Germany would have absolutely LOVED a citizen like you. As a citizen you have rights and some of us are much to eager to relinquish them when they see a badge. Know your rights and make the powers that be respect those rights or you’ll no longer have those rights.

  36. “I’m a black man with dreads and I LOOK LIKE A CRIMINAL. I’m not a criminal.”

    So Dixon believes that black men with dreads look like criminals? Maybe HE should stop stereotyping black people.

  37. I got pulled over a couple of weeks ago for no reason, was told to step out of my car, and was patted down.. I guess it’s because I’m white and drive a camry.. imagine the million man March if I were a black? .. just do as your ask and move on.

  38. bbbmf says: Mar 29, 2015 5:36 PM

    sylvester000001 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 5:19 PM
    Soooo….. he should’ve just sat on the curb, right?

    What doe sthe black community seem to not understand?

    =================

    The black community understands that YOU aren’t asked to sit on the curb!………………………………………………..

    I am white. I have been handcuffed and sat on a curb over a domestic call by the neighbors, cause me and my wife got into an argument that got pretty loud. I have sat in cop cars when I was pulled over, I have had police draw guns on me over an argument that was called in, while I was sleeping in my car.

  39. White guy here. I don’t know whether or not Dixon over-played the race card. But, you have to be totally blind, stupid or hateful to not admit the fact that racism (especially against blacks) is alive and doing very well in America.

  40. louisianimal28 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 5:58 PM
    If you’re not black you can’t possibly know what’s it’s like to be pulled over for absolutely no reason harassed without an explanation and then let go without ever being given a reason as to why you were ever pulled over. He was pulled over for switching lanes is what it sounds like. If the reason he was pulled over was all the reasons the officer listed he would have been given a sobriety test but he wasn’t which further lets me know he was pulled over for DWB

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    Officers don’t automatically give you a sobriety test if you’re driving recklessly. Just FYI.

  41. If he had been honest and told the police his dreads were really just fake hair extensions to look cool it may have helped him.

  42. lol..dixon just stereotyped himself… im black have dreads and “look like a criminal”…he actually said that he looks like a criminal?

  43. @unklerukus.

    Tried to do research but there are no numbers stating the number of whites in a black fraternity. Can you please educate me? And I have been all over, north south, east and west.

    My point is since there are no fraternities or sororities saying that they don’t discriminate, it still exists. Black or white.

    The racism story isn’t always black vs white. Believe what you want but I’m a realist. Tell my why the word “colored” is considered racist but a association like the NAACP proudly promotes it. Change the name. Open and real conversations start with real dialogue.

  44. This is the divisive type of article that drives me crazy. I’m a black college kid, and what I notice amongst my white and black brothers is that we both fail to see the other side of things. I’m sure the race card being reiterated over and over again must be a bit insulting and boring. Not all white families are ex-confederate/KKK. Most of you don’t have an issue (I hope). But remember, most of these black players have been broke and around nasty police/ stigmatized as brutes their whole life… Got friends/family whove had nasty run ins with police. Why can’t we just love each other and this beautiful sport? Is it so hard? My best friend is white, and I think these topics reminds me that we’ll never be on the exact same page. It makes me sad, really. It’s easy to be ignorant and there’s more to these issues than imprecise statistics and lazy assumptions.

  45. “According to the report, police officers saw Dixon “splitting lanes” and driving down the center of the road, eventually swerving and cutting off another vehicle.”

    I see a few people talking about how him being black was the sole reason he was pulled over. How about the fact he was recklessly endangering other people? This has nothing to do with race. It was someone breaking the law being dealt with.

    As someone pointed out earlier there is racism and it works both ways. Everyone chiming in this is about racism is racist because they are automatically defending someone solely based on their skin.

  46. This information is all from the arrest report, i.e., the officer’s perspective. This means it could be related to race or it could be that he was driving erratically, we don’t know because we weren’t there. How do you have an opinion on something without the requisite information?

    Try to keep an open mind and not persecute either side.

  47. It is a shame how many posters are so dismisive. Was he arrested because of his race? Probably. Could he have handled the situation better? Probably.

    There are white people in black fraternities. When I was in college, there were two different white males in black fraternities. I am black, and I ended up joining a white fraternity. I’ve learned several life altering lessons because of this. White people, as a majority, are not racist. They may be ignorant of black culture, but the reverse is also true.

    After experiences with my fraternity brethren, they realize that race can be impact someone’s life. How could I be mad at them because they can’t understand what it is like being a minority? There are those who have not been exposed to black people who now understand that stereotypes are sometimes false. I also realize that it can be very frustrating for a white individual to be labeled as “racist” when in reality, they aren’t. There are just as many black people who misuse race as an issue as there are racist white people. We don’t hear the stories of the civilized individuals who are affected by their race (both black and white) who are profiled because they are black and those who are called “racist” because they are white.

  48. 6 feet 195 lbs imposing size stature & weight = he wasn’t short and fat so we considered him a potential threat.

  49. The problem in this line of thinking is white people get pulled over for stupid reasons all the time too (like too dark tint or whatever). I understand why a black person might feel like they were singled out, but part of that is because they are conditioned to think the only reason they ever get pulled over is because of race. Regardless you will never win an argument with a cop, just like you can never truly win an argument with your wife. It’s best to be respectful, be non confrontational and then use a lawyer afterwards if you truly were singled out because of race

  50. He has an unalienable right “to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. It is supposedly the highest law of the land.
    You can make it a race issue but plenty of white people are being denied those rights as well.
    Nowadays cops reflexively play the “feared for my life card” no matter who it is or what’s going on. The only difference is the media reports it when it’s someone black to delude whites into thinking they are safe.
    Vote for Rand Paul & end this madness.

  51. Both sides were scared. Scared of each other. Both sides don’t understand at that moment.
    Clark is ticked for being pulled over and at himself of being stupid. Now, he’s scared because he doesn’t know how these cops are going to act.
    The cops are doing their job, but this guy seems to be jumpy over something stupid. They can’t breathe easy until they check Clark out.
    Fear plays a major part of these interactions; even if you do everything you’re told to do, you can be a little freaked. In turn, police don not know who they are dealing with; so they are cautious.
    The police can’t trust the citizen, but the citizen can’t trust the police. Let me know when this changes.

  52. in order to resist arrest you must first be placed under arrest for another charge….it is a secondary charge…what was he being arrested for?

  53. Why do some people still talk about the racism issue whenever something happens to them. I am Mexican, have traveled many times to the States and never been molested because of my race or country of origin. I was once driving to New Orleans when a LA state trooper stopped me. It was strange because I didn’t know why I was stopped. I wasn’t speeding or doing anything wrong… but a “stop” order is just that: STOP. He asked me to get off the car and walk towards him. I did so. When I stopped in front of him, he asked me for my licence and the car papers, and asked me if everything was fine. I told him that everything was fine (it was around 2:00 pm), but still didn’t know what happened. He asked me a few more questions that I answered. He told me that he stopped me because I moved to the line between the two lanes of the road and then moved back. He thought I might be tired or something and he wanted to avoid me causing an accident. I explained him that I did that because there was a car stopped in the curb and someone was opening the door. I moved to the left to avoid an accident and then wnt back to my lane. That was it. Papers back. No ticket. No harassing. No racist issue. Just do what the police asks you to do, and you’ll be fine.

  54. None of us know what actually happened here. He could have been doing everything that this article says. But let’s not act like racial profiling by the police never happens because you’re tired of race being used as an excuse (even when sometimes it really is).

    And is it really unheard of for the cops to pull somebody over without a reason at the end of the month when it’s ticket quota time? I’m a white man and that’s happened to me before for not stopping at a stop sign when I did, but it was the end of the month so bad luck for me.

    So maybe it’s race, maybe it’s not, or maybe it’s a cop trying to fill their quota. But the idea that a cop always must have a legitimate reason if they pulled you over (or even arrested you in some cases) is complete garbage. Oftentimes the reason is filling their own quotas.

  55. What’s more of a “race card” than continually being pulled over for DWB?
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    He wasn’t pulled over for “DWB”. He was pulled over for riding between cars because his moped could fit. Admit it, most of us have wanted to throw the door open on people like that. He was actually arrested for something akin to “SWS” Speaking While Stupid

  56. All these comments about how stupid he was..I have been in law enforcement 20+ yrs. He broke no criminal code. Just traffic laws which warrant only a citation. If the arresting officer is using the ” He is a big angry black defense” he needs to find another profession. I am white 6′ 210. Not big enough to be deemed menacing. “If” he took a step to the officer the 3 strike rule should have been enforced, Verbal command…verbal warning..then verbal threat…then if he kept coming…arrest him. This cop should cone to Philly and walk a beat with me. If he thinks 195 and dreads is scary…he should find a job where he isn’t such a sissy. Us law enforcement all have to SHOW respect b4 getting it…

  57. Cue all the racists say there’s no race problem..blah..blahh..tired of the race card..blah..blahh.blahh Jessie Jackson. .Sharpton. .obama..blah blah..blah..u better listen to the slave masters.mi mean cops..so called orders…blah.mblah..blah more uninformed idiotic crap blah…fyi idiots..u have to follow a cops LAWFUL orders..not ANY and everything he says just cause…if a cop walks up to u and says sit on the curb…that’s NOT a lawful order because u have not done anything wrong that even remotely warrants u to have any reason to do so…cops are not high priests who’s commandments u follow blindly at all times…think for yourselves every now and then…oh and fyi..I don’t give a cap about your thumbs up or down

  58. Watching my fellow white people’s ignorance of fact that minorities are harassed at an unfairly high rate by gov agents is sad. You are the fascist spouting the same ol cliches to justify your privileged position. End the police state.

  59. Shut up, do what you’re told, leave and then have your day in court…and sue if you feel wronged.

    You want to make a statement by turning a simple traffic ticket into being a punk to a cop because you chose to split lanes and cut someone off?! You get what you deserve…

  60. lassea says:Mar 29, 2015 4:29 PM

    When will people learn that when a police officer tells you to do something, you do it? You don’t talk back, you don’t take menacing steps toward them, you just do it.

    You can call your lawyer (or *agent*) later and get things resolved.

    When I’ve been pulled over I give the officer the information he wants, wait for him to write my ticket and go on about my day. No talk back, no yelling, no threatening. See, it’s easy.

    You ever heard the term.. I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees?

  61. Welcome to the Police State. Arrested for resisting arrest, but was never under arrest. Ridiculous.

    Hope this guy hires a lawyer and takes that podunk cop shop to the cleaners.

    We have a problem with law enforcement in this country. And it’s time we do something about it.

  62. Like I said and it was repeated by a couple posters, I am in law enforcement…and just because a ” cop” gives you a order. It doesn’t mean you have to follow it. If it’s an UNLAWFULL order. You have rights as an Ameican. If you’re walking down the street minding your business and a cop asks you for ID. You may ask him why, then say am I under arrest? When he says No, you may and I suggest, tell him no. Walk away. You broke no law. He (I) has no authority to detain you, arrest you because you have CIVIL rights. For those who don’t believe this. YouTube has 100’s of thousands showing you YOUR rights. I am a cop. But, I give respect. I’m also ex USMC. Meaning I fought for YOUR civil rights. What’s makes me mad is the 60 or do posters who think us Police can trample on anybody’s right to freedom because he wants to. Show police respect, but don’t bow to a king neither. I respect any person I stop and he exercises his Constitutional rights…respectfully….being told to sit on a curb is an unlawfull order. Its a free country. He broke no laws except for traffic violations and maybe mancode laws for riding a moped in public.

  63. Racism comes in many forms.

    As for cops. Most are just trying to do their job, and go home. As with society, urban problems are different from small town USA. As someone who prefers non urban areas. I have been pulled over in KC, DEN and Albuquerque. During those stops, while I thought the stop was questionable, complied with the officers. 2 stops resulted in warnings for speeding. The other a ticket for my windows being to dark.

    Moral of the story. Show respect, listen and things go on.

  64. 6’1″ 210 lbs white dude here. I’ve had cops treat me the same way. Twitchy, nervous and hand on their gun for no good reason.

  65. Where is Brian Dixon from? In some states riding between the lanes on a motorcycle or motor scooter is the norm. He may have come from one of those states and did not appreciate getting pulled over for what he figures is a bogus stop. The only time in the past 30 years that I was pulled over was in FL. It was because I changed lanes with out putting on my blinker first. There was not a car within a 1/2 a mile of me and that was the cop. I am white and still feel like I was targeted just because I was driving out of state. Yes, we need to obey cops but they also need to respect citizens and not harass them over petty junk.

  66. qdog112 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 4:46 PM

    And I’ll bet you don’t think a black can be racist, which is the most racist attitude I’ve ever heard.

  67. Dont knock it, unless you’ve been a black man in a southern state getting talked to by the police. We werent there and dont know what happened. But from personal experience with Louisiana and Mississippi(dear god) I have an idea of what happened.

  68. I have a unique perspective that I would like to share. I am 52 years old. I grew up during most of the civil rights era and I remember seeing burning crosses in the woods from the road as we drove by at night. And I remember the times when crosses were burned in a neighbor’s yard in the early 70’s. I have been physically attacked by people and had some of those same people put theirs dogs after me while walking through my neighborhood. As tension from the 60’s subsided and black families began to move into the suburbs along with whites, some whites did not appreciate that. That is when I began to understand what was going on. Today things have progressed to the point that I believe most white Americans no longer wish to carry the heavy burden of racial hate, it costs too much. I have been a police officer for over 20 years. I have personally witnessed many black Americans play the race card on my white brothers and sisters on duty in my presence. I hate the hate, and I always shut it down promptly. There will always be haters of all colors. I have one simple solution for my black brothers and sisters who find themselves at the center of police attention; when contacted by the police, simply comply with all lawful orders and do not resist or obstruct. If you feel that we have acted improperly, state your case in the proper way. File a complaint with the officer(s) supervisor and or with the court of jurisdiction. There is always the civil route too. But most of all, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SETTLE THE ISSUE IN THE STREET WITH THE OFFICER! This will always end badly for you and most importantly, if you have a legitimate complaint, you will cloud the issue by making bad decision on the scene and bring your own behavior into question. A bad cop is easy to deal with if you are smart about it. Well, that is my 2¢…

  69. The fergeson cop wasn’t “completely exonerated”. The DoJ said their police station was super racist.

    They said he was justified in recklessly shooting into a populated neighborhood at an unarmed teenager.

  70. I am a white male, business owner, age 34, never arrested or charged with any crime. In my experience, police officers in general have shown me very little respect when doing their job over the course of my life. As a culture, we have to check the absolute power that has become customary when it comes to community police, or else it will only continue to get more and more out of hand

    Respect is earned, not a right. If you don’t show respect, how or why do you expect it in return.

  71. It’s amazing how people are on their knees for the police. They arrested a guy at a traffic stop cuz he refused to sit when they told him to…

    I thought America was better than that, but apparently Americans find that acceptable.

  72. America accounts for 25% of the world’s prison population…. and there is still massive amounts of sympathetic people towards our court system, prison system, and law enforcement. What a shame.

  73. I wish all the white ppl that think cop & others don’t racial profile ppl (they guilty of it too) will have to be black for a day. Full make up. And see how different their treated. Keep same clothes, same car, same schedule & see how different they are treated.

  74. catquick says:Mar 29, 2015 4:59 PM

    If he himself admits he “looks like a criminal”, why not change your look?
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    I have long hair. I’m a hard working white man. Age 38. Raise 3 kids by myself. A decent member of the community.

    I get a couple things all the time. 1. I get treated by some pretty hard core dudes as if I’m like a brother to them cuz I have long hair. 2. I always get called Jesus or hippie.

    Other people’s issue with my hair are their issues not mine. A person should be able to rock some long hair and not get judged by it… but it happens ALOT.

  75. You are just arresting me because i look like a criminal

    If, in your own opinion, you “look like a criminal”, why would you keep said look?

  76. A lot of you are missing the point.

    The media WANT racial strife.

    They create it and perpetuate it. It’s good for business and politics.

    Then, when it is proven wrong (Ferguson, Trayvon Martin), they ignore it. How many are aware that the cop in Ferguson was COMPLETELY exonerated?
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    Exactly. Race issues, abortion, gay rights…these are all issues played up by the media which is run by the true elite in this country, the extremely wealthy. They are happy with the masses fighting over these issues and ignoring the actual source of problems in this country, the distribution of wealth. Wake up America.

  77. What? A police officer in the South…New Orleans no less…showed racial bias? Didn’t the events after Katrina prove that NO is just a big, rainbow melting pot where all races sit around together and sing Kum Baya?

  78. “You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal.”

    You might want to change your look then idiot!

  79. “Let me go,” Dixon allegedly said. “You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal.”

    Excuse me but didn’t Dixon racially profile himself with this statement?

  80. Police reports are really just one side of a he-said/she-said argument, and while we tend to give the officers a little more benefit of the doubt, there are plenty of times when police reports have been shown to have been greatly exaggerated. Police departments need to stop dragging their feet on body cameras for all officers, as they’ll protect both citizens and officers alike and stop all this stupid back-and-forth after the fact.

  81. (He’s listed as six feet and 195 pounds, which would nearly qualify me as having “imposing size, stature, and weight.”)
    ————-
    195 pounds of chewed bubble gum isn’t the same imposing figure as 195 pounds of cut muscle.

  82. Police departments need to stop dragging their feet on body cameras for all officers, as they’ll protect both citizens and officers alike and stop all this stupid back-and-forth after the fact.
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    No. Then people will shout from their soap boxes that it is a police state and that it infringes upon their constitutional right to privacy.

  83. rukkus1 says:
    Mar 30, 2015 12:17 AM
    America accounts for 25% of the world’s prison population…. and there is still massive amounts of sympathetic people towards our court system, prison system, and law enforcement. What a shame.
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    Not sure what your point here is. Are you saying we should have sympathy for the criminals? Are you saying the Police should not arrest people?

  84. juice997 says:
    Mar 29, 2015 11:34 PM
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    As a police officer, I want to thank you for your post. Yes, there are racial police officers. Yes, there are arrogant and just plain bad police officers. But arguing or fighting with the police is NEVER going to end well. NEVER.

    Even as a police officer I have been “harassed” by other police officers that are feeling their power during a traffic stop. I have found that a couple of “yes sirs” and “sorry about speeding sir” generally results in a friendly warning, and then everybody goes on with their day.

    And you know what I did when I have received a speeding ticket? I said “thanks”, went on with my day, and paid my fine for speeding.

  85. No, not because you’re a black man, because you were driving like an idiot, became belligerent and agressive toward a cop and you didn’t do what you were told! DUMB ASS! Play the race card all you want, won’t change the facts.

  86. Not a big fan of police lately, but sounds like this guy was just acting like a privileged brat.

  87. (No, not because you’re a black man, because you were driving like an idiot, became belligerent and agressive toward a cop and you didn’t do what you were told!)
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    Well I’m sure ALL of this was captured on dash cam video and or body cameras…
    unless Some One Is LYING.
    Could that be why he didn’t get the traffic citation. ?

  88. Ridiculous, I live in Miami and I’m as black as night. When I get tickets, I committed a traffic infraction, not because I’m Black. I call the ticket clinic and pay 69 bucks, he has an agent to call to handle this petty stuff. Another whiny athlete who thinks he can do whatever.

  89. Moron with a big mouth. Has nothing to do with race…has everything to do with being a Bird Brain and mouthing off to the cops.

  90. So many undercover racist in these comments lol. “They all do that” hahaha. Gotta love it. If you don’t believe there’s a racial bias when it comes to police officers and young black men then you’re living under a rock

  91. What’s funny is when regular people point out the cop is in the wrong and it could be a racial problem, everyone thumbs down and thumbs up anything that condemns Dixon. But when a ex cop says the cop did something wrong… You sheep thumbs up it.

  92. jawniego says:
    Apr 3, 2015 4:43 PM
    So many undercover racist in these comments lol. “They all do that” hahaha. Gotta love it. If you don’t believe there’s a racial bias when it comes to police officers and young black men then you’re living under a rock
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    Are you one of them? The only racial bias that is quantifiable between police officers and young black men is the large percentage of those young black men who are fearful of or rebel against police officers. There are racists of all ethnic groups but the majority of police are simply concerned with public and personal safety from the criminals. If you believe there is an institutional form of racism by the police (made up of all ethnic backgrounds) of this country then it is you who have been under a rock. The common denominator in most of the hot-button issues has been non-compliance with police instructions.

    The way things are headed, the people stopped by police have a choice: either cooperate and handle any issues away from the scene and in a secure environment; or hope their friends and family enjoy their own personal martyrdom when they try to intimidate the cops and escalate the situation.

  93. “Unless you are black which I am, or Latino you can never understand the humiliation and disrespect you feel when you are pulled over simply because of the color of your skin, and believe me you know it.” — duffelbagsports

    This happened in Miami. The highest number of police misconduct claims there are filed by blacks — against HISPANIC cops.

  94. Damn, I’ve gotta pay attention when I move from one story to the next!

    New Orleans, not Miami. Never mind. (It’s still true, though.)

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