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Black Filmmaker Wrongfully Gets Arrested In Beverly Hills [PHOTOS]

 

The scrutiny that law enforcement all across the country is facing as of late is the underlying stereotype that all Black people look alike and fit the description of the common criminal.

Unfortunately the latest case involving acclaimed producer and filmmaker Charles Belk does little to dispel that notion of racist cops running amuck on their respective forces.

This is his story via Facebook:

It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you.

On Friday afternoon, August 22nd around 5:20pm, while innocently walking by myself from a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd, to my car up LaCienega Blvd my freedom was taken from me by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic.

Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb.

Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.

Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” … “fitting the description.”

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn’t matter if he’s a “Taye Diggs BLACK”, a “LL Cool J BLACK”, or “a Drake BLACK”

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was an award nominated and awarding winning business professional, most recently being recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal at their Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards. They didn’t need to because, they saw someone fitting the description.

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Indiana University (including a full Consortium Fellowship to business school) and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. Hey, I was “tall”, “bald”, a “male” and “black”, so I fit the description.

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a Consultant for the NAACP, a film and tv producer, a previous VP of Marketing for a wireless application company, VP of Integrated Promotions for a marketing agency, ran Community Affairs for the Atlanta Hawks, was the Deputy Director of Olympic Village Operations for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, was a Test/Quality/Mfg Engineering Manager for IBM and was a Bond Trader on Wall street. Surely, folks that fit the description wouldn’t qualify as any of those.

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that throughout my entire life I have been very active in serving the communities that I have lived in, including Chapter President and National PR Chair for NSBE, a USC Student Senator, a USC Trojan Knight, a USC Engineering Student Council Member, a USC Black Students Council Member, and a Resident Assistant; as well as a founding board member of the RTP NBMBAA, a member of Durham County Transportation Advisory Board, Durham City / County Planning Commission, Atlanta House of Love for the Homeless Board, Cobb County Transportation Advisory Board, Georgia CASA Board, United Way of Greater Atlanta VIP Selection Committee, Jomandi Theater Board, Silver Lake Film Festival Board, Downtown LA Film Festival Board, Chaka Khan Foundation Fundraising Dinner Committee, and the USC Black Alumni Association Board. Nawl, not a “black male”, especially a “tall, bald” one.

I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that just hours earlier, I was at one of the finest hotels in their city, handling celebrity talent at a Emmy Awards Gifting Suite, as part of business as usual, and, invited to attend a VIP Emmy pre-party that very night in their city. The guy doing that, just DON”T fit the description.

What I don’t get………WHAT I DON”T GET, is, why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the “tall, bald headed, black male”… did not fit MY description.

Why, at 11:59pm (approximately 6 hours later), was the video footage reviewed only after my request to the Lead Detective for the Beverly Hills Police Department and an FBI Agent to do so, and, after being directly accused by another FBI Special Agent of “…going in and out of the bank several times complaining about the ATM Machine to cause a distraction…” thereby aiding in the armed robbery attempt of a bank that I never heard of, or ever been to; and within 10 minutes……10 MINUTES, my lawyer was told that I was being release because it was clear that it was not me.

The sad thing is, prior to my freedom being taken from me for an easily proven crime I did not commit, I was walking back to my car, by myself, because I needed to check my parking meter, so that I wouldn’t get a ticket and break the law. In fact, if it wasn’t for a text message that I was responding to, I would have actually been running up LaCienega Blvd when the first Beverly Hills Police Officer approached me. Running!

I want to thank GOD, Robin Lola Harrison of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Robert Dowdy and Attorney Jaaye Person-Lynn , without whom, I am certain that I would still be locked up in the custody of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Based on comments made by a Beverly Hills Police Officer during my booking, and an FBI Special Agent, it appeared that they had tried and convicted me.

To everyone, especial black males (regardless of height, hair style or particular shade of “black”) – Hari Williams, Michael Marcel, Reginald L Shaw, Shawn Carter Peterson, Devon Libran, Aaron D Spears, Cedric Sanders, Cornelius Smith Jr, Catfish Jean, Ashford Thomas, Drew McCaskill, Carlton Jordan, Jawn Murray, AS Lee, Bertrand L Roberson Sr, Deron Benjamin, Hawk Oau, James Alan Belk, Juhahn Jones, Darryl Dunning II, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Stephen Bishop, Logan Alexander, Brandon Dmico Anderson, Jon Covington, Lamar Stewart, David Mitchell, Gerald Andre Radford, Gerald Edwin Rush II, Gerald Yates, etal, – I have always stayed as far away from being on the wrong side of the law as much as possible; so please, be careful. If something like this can happen to ME, it can certainly happen to ANYONE!

Time has come for a change in the way OUR law enforcement officers “serve and protect” us.

We all do not, FIT THE DESCRIPTION.

Peace and Blessings…

Scroll through the pictures below to see how big of a mistake the LAPD lite actually made.

H/T: Crooks & Liars


Photos: Facebook/Charles Belk

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Comment Comments: 9 Tags Tags: crime and justice, racism in america, lapd
  • angryblakguy

    Finally a brother with the credentials to leave them no wiggle room for the bullchit Sue the blood out of those kok suckers Don’t take money from the city,garnish their individual net income by 50 percent for the next 10 years see how they love that

    • Roast the swines

      yes sir! sue and get their petty change then, use it to wipe your behind with. they are not good enough to be pigs, they’re shyt that needs to be flushed down the toilet. take them down and sue!

      • Black drama queens

        Settle down Black drama queens. No one is above being arrested. The police are allowed to do that.

        He was found to be the wrong suspect and released. Yes, a big Black ego was offended, but then, it’s hard not to offend Black people in some manner.

      • Rich

        GTFOH you’re condoning this nonsense?

      • angryblakguy

        Seems like John and Patsy Ramsey was above arrest They had a dead child in the basement of their home.There was no signs of an intruder.John and Patsy admitted they didn’t leave the house Those crakkkas wasnt arrested,made to undergo a polygraph test,nothing,instead they got media coverage and sympathy.The situation would’ve been alot different for a black family in the same situation Wite people are the last to talk about ego.There’s two 12 year old wars going on simultaneously,one was started over the suspicion of weapons that never existed,instead of saying “Sorry wrong info,no weapons here”,people are continuing to be maimed,crippled, murdered on both sides The EGO of the krakkka is alot more dangerous than the ego of any other race

  • Marquis de Sade

    Just when he thought he made it, YT is there to remind him: “NOT SO FAST, TOBY!” – Now he’s humming SOUL II SOUL’S:

    BACK TO LIFE

    BACK TO REALITY

    BACK TO THA’ HERE AND NOW AGAIN!

    • bigddykn2

      Lol

  • fortune27

    Sue them. And while you’re at it talk about the Constitution, freedom, democracy, the Founding Fathers and civil ethics. Then use some $500 words on their a$$es in the process. That will pissed them off, esp. when you take all their money.

  • AngusCarpathian

    I hope he takes them for all he can. This kind of behavior by the police is unacceptable. They need to change the laws where cops are not held financially liable for their actions. As long as they know we write then check when they screw up, they will continue not to care.

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