- A lawmaker in the United States, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, has shared his experience with police officers and school authorities while growing up
- Sharing his experience on social media, Congressman Bowman said he was beaten by cops and suspended from school
- The young boy who was once a victim of police brutality is now a lawmaker representing New York's 16th congressional district
A lawmaker in the United States identified as Congressman Jamaal Bowman has taken to social media to share his experience while growing up.
Jamaal, who is serving as the US representative for New York's 16th congressional district, said he was beaten by police officers and suspended from school.
According to the lawmaker, one of his assistant principals in school told him to go to hell. He made the disclosure after presiding over the United States House of Representatives.
In his words:
"I was beaten by the cops, suspended from school, and told to go to hell by one of my assistant principals.
"Tonight, I presided over the U.S. House of Representatives. Thank you mom."
Tweeps flooded the comment section of the lawmaker to share their thoughts on his experience.
"When I was 12 I was beaten by 11 black kids for being white, called cracker/honky, and doors slammed in my face. You aren’t the only victim."
"I’m not sure broadcasting this is in anyone’s best interest. Your situation was individual, and should not be used by impressionable youth to excuse bad behaviour. Not impressed."
"As an educator, it breaks my heart that you were treated so poorly in school. I wish my apology could make up for it. I know somewhere, a former teacher is extremely proud of you. I know I’m proud of my former student that was just appointed to the DOJ!"
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"It’s less about race and more about social economic status. I’m glad you made it to high status. I hope you use your voice and money to help those below you. Your mom did well."
In a similar news, a Nigerian man identified as Taylor on Instagram shared his horrific experience with officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and how what should have been a blissful holiday for him was completely ruined.
The individual, who was based in the US, came home to spend the holidays in Nigeria and he had a first-hand experience of police brutality in Lagos, on Monday, January 6, 2020, on his way back home from the beach.
Taylor recounted how he and his friends were stopped in the car conveying them by policemen. He said the officers dragged everyone out of the car without giving any reason as to why they had been stopped.
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