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originally posted by: whyamIhere
for wearing an item in a manner which is considered to be gang related
originally posted by: FlyersFan
Church rules are that the rosary isn't supposed to be worn, but many devout people wear them anyways. If this young fella is devout enough to wear his rosary, then he'll probably be praying for the cop who harassed him.
Here’s the information given to us by the Amarillo Police Department:
A witness stated: “I’m amazed that you have to put up with this behavior.” to the officer.
School officials & the Amarillo Police Officer asked the teen to remove the rosary, hide it, or leave school property. Rosary beads have been concluded by national authorities and media to have gang affiliation roots.
The youth then began to use abusive language. The officer who was talking to him at the time (who happens to be Catholic) asked the teen “what are these beads for”, knowing that the beads are used for prayers. The youth replied: “What do you mean”. This showed the officer that they were not being worn for religious purposes.
School officials repeatedly asked and told him to leave the property. The officer warned that he would have to arrest him if he did not leave the property. The teen refused to leave property. After multiple warnings, the officer went to cuff the young man. At this point he began flailing, struggling, and they went to the ground.
The abusive language continued and the teen even spouted racist remarks against African American officer. The teen kept trying to break free and run. He was finally cuffed and the officer held him down until a field unit could arrive and transport him for booking.
The youth was booked on a criminal trespass charge & resisting arrest.