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Jogging while Black on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury

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Guy with walkie-talkie and two associates, from the jogger's video.

A Black man out for a jog down leafy VFW Parkway in West Roxbury today reports he was stopped by three guys who got out of an SUV and tried to ask him questions and asked for his ID, at least until he took out his phone and began recording them - after they showed him badges that read "ICE" [See video].

Then, Bena Apreala reports, through a posting in the Keep Roslindale Quirky Facebook group, he asked "we're all set, sir?" and all three replied "yeah" and one told him to "enjoy his run," and he began to walk away. But then, one of the men began pointing a walkie-talkie at him and asked, "Do you have any tattoos on your left or right arms to confirm?"

He responded, "Am I free to go?" They didn't answer this time, but he again began to walk away, this time adding, "If I'm free to go then I'm not showing you anything, thank you. Have a great day guys."

Across the parkway, somebody began recording the scene as well.

According to the posting by his partner, the men pulled up, got out and said they wanted to ask him some questions:

He asked them if they were BPD and they said no and showed him their official badges. They said he fit a description of someone they were investigating and asked for his name and ID.

She added:

When Ben learned they were ICE he said “I’m not who you’re looking for I was born and raised in Boston” and they replied “that’s not all we do”. They were mostly civil except at first he said he wasn’t giving them any info and if he was free to go and they said no until they can confirm his identity. Once he told him his name and where he lived they were more civil.

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Just in case, you can see it here.

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Time for Mr. Walsh and Mr. Baker to gently remind the Federales, if that's who this Vanilla Isis crew is, to piss off.

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They're beholden to the police who support this. Will take a change at the top to put an end to this as should happen.

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Time for a change. I’ll be voting Wu.

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Will it really?

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The top isn't where change emerges. it takes a change from below.

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Humor me as I take you down this rabbit hole. I promise to come full circle and correlate what ICE did in Boston to our current social climate and how the change has to come from all of us citizens of this great nation.

Four years ago Trump‘s platform was to ”Make America Great Again.” The means by which he would achieve this were: building a wall to keep “criminals and rapists” out and deporting illegal immigrants.

He blames most of what is bad or wrong in the United States on the Immigrant social group, Hispanic subgroup and Mexicans, the tertiary group. He correlates the sheer existence of the immigrant social group and it’s subgroups to high crime rates, unemployment, low wages and lack of funding in federally funded social service (because they are ALL on welfare). By making this correlation he has convinced his base, the disenfranchised lower social classes, to believe they can abolish all which afflicts them by eradicating the country of the immigrant social group and it’s subgroups.

“My way or the highway…back to TJ”. (Is it too late to submit this catch phrase to his head of merch)

In addition, the current social climate of police brutality primarily towards POC, which was as present during Jim Crow as it is now. The only difference is, the cameras we all have in our hands 24/7 are capturing the inhumane treatment towards POC social group at the hands of the People IN Power social group
( INSERT ~~~ ICE racial profiling stop on the VFW ~~~ HERE)

Black lives matter vs All lives matter vs Blue lives matter and voilà the Immigrant social group now shares the UNDESIRABLES classification with the People of Color social group.

Recent events in the United States are eerily parallel to those which unfolded a century ago.

100 years ago a narcissistic, sadistic, self absorbed politician with illusions of grandeur running for his countries highest office rallied his base, the disenfranchised lower classes, to elect him, based on a campaign platform that attributed all that was wrong in their society to a specific social group. Said politician was elected and he hit the ground running,, fully intent to keep his campaign promise of eradicating the country of their UNDESIRABLE social group.

The year was 1933, the country was Germany. The social group were Jews and the politician elected to the office of Chancellor denounced attempts or oust him as leader by appointing himself dictator.

His name was Adolf Hitler his tactic was deportation of the masses and the method was GENOCIDE.

Know your history.
Save the world.
Go out and VOTE!

AND THEN PRAY IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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Curious which Mr. Walsh and Mr. Baker you think you're directing that to.

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Ya did. Don't deny it. Try harder next time.

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Joe Walsh and Ginger Baker

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Thank you Ben for recording and posting this.

Thanks to Adam for running the story.

These people need to be identified and stopped.

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It's everywhere. When I was on the train at Ruggles I ran into my old neighbor who is black. Just the stares coming from the passengers was embarrassing. Can't a white person talk to a black person and exchange laughter at the same time without being eyeballed? Relax people!

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That probably had more to do with covid than race.

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We wore masks. People of all skin colors always stare when they see a white person and black person engaged in a friendly conversation being good friends. Has nothing to do with the pandemic.

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Ok. So people can’t talk to each other now without everyone else “freaking out”. pandemic doesn’t mean stop all human interaction and communication. That’s not going to happen.

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How can you blame their staring at us because of Covid? We were following the rules by wearing masks as opposed to a lot of other passengers who don't wear them and cough everywhere.

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Abolish ICE. These people are adding nothing to society but terror.

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but I do firmly believe, however, that ICE must be forced to change their policies.

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Well we disagree then. Abolishing ICE is the only viable option. What is the sense in changing policies when they can't be enforced? This organization didn't exist prior to 2003 and it doesn't need to exist now. What has ICE accomplished to justify its existence?

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yeah, i am confused on whats the difference between i.c.e. and i.n.s.

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INS doesn't exist anymore. ICE does enforcement; USCIS does the paperwork processing; CBP does enforcement at the border.

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tougher stances are needed. ICE should be forced to change its policies.

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Please explain what those are.

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Instead of just harassing brown people, they've decided to start harassing black people as well.

Don't you feel safer already?

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border patrol has always existed. You can’t suddenly not have any border patrol at all.

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ICE does not do border patrol. CBP does that.

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ICE didn’t exist before 2003, if we got by in the 90s without them we can get by now

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You act as if ICE was here when Washington crossed the Delaware. They're a recent invention. Valid immigration functions were subsumed under DHS which proceeded to screw them up royally - those functions need to be done but not by that pack of disgraceful clowns. Hell, they're not even doing them, they're just running buck wild with zero accountability. Google sometime to find out why CBP and ICE have never been able to hire up to allocations: it's because the kind of people who want the job can't even pass their low-bar screening. It's a thug job and it attracts thugs.

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Were we just going to ask the Nazis to change some of their policies? That doesn't make sense.

There is no fixing a group of guys who fantasize about beating up and shooting brown people. I don't agree with giving these hicks another cent of our tax dollars. Abolish.

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The profiling is the issue.

ICE doesn't go around with 3 guys in a car looking for illegal immigrants. They are looking for drug traffickers and human traffickers.

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What was the profile of the several dealers they arrested down MM the other day?

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Second, BPD usually develops evidence before arresting somebody. Makes it easier to get a conviction in the long run. But you know that, right?

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I agree Adam! I’ve been around my fair share of law enforcement officials most family and close friends who work for local, state and federal departments/agencies. These guys do not appear official at all! BPD and Feds need to look into this.

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Those guys?

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Just a few bad apples, eh Pete?

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How have you stopped the last few human traffickers that you caught and investigated? I don't really do that stuff so I would love to know.

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You forgot the save the children hashtag there, Pete!

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How do you catch human traffickers?

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Harassing random black people.

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Will you be saying next that children are being held in the basement of Regina Pizza?

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Just hang around the WH and wait for dear leader to come out of the hospital

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How do you catch human traffickers?

Simple: I'll just have the circus ponies trample them to death. Where did I get the circus ponies, you say? The same place you got these "human traffickers".

IOW, put up or shut up, QAnon boy.

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A guy is out jogging and the gestapo jumps on him and that is how you explain it away? I think you lost a lot of respect here Pete. Thought you were too smart for Q anon.

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but I'm sure there's probably tons of easily obtainable examples of human traffickers being stopped by grabbing and interrogating random people running by on the VFW Parkway. I bet it's a really common technique that works all the time so there's no reason why we should be worried about behavior like this!

And beyond that, I'm sure ICE is doing a great job at training their agents not to racially profile people, that's why this is the only example of that ever happening and it's not something to worry about or any reason to talk about reform or improvement. Nothing to see here, move along.

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Great article about law enforcement possibly using human trafficking--a popular cause celebre--as a fig leaf:

https://deadspin.com/what-was-really-going-on-at-orchids-of-asia-1832896112

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Thats a great article. Something that really opened my eyes was the podcast You're Wrong About, specifically the episode called Stranger Danger. One of the hosts of the podcast also recently wrote the articles below.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/government-did-not-break-up-child-sex-tra...

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/futile-quest-hard-numbers-child-sex-traff...

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I didn't know that. It doesn't make sense to me, wouldn't other law enforcement agencies handle those crimes, once the people in question are away from the border? If ICE are just questioning random Black guys out for a run in West Roxbury, they aren't doing a very good job of it.

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Why is Immigration and Customs Enforcement looking for drug traffickers and human traffickers? Is it the Customs part? Are there now tariffs on drugs and humans?

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nt

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Random black people aren't citizens now?

Really?

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It sure looks like they were some proud boy types coming down from NH. They claimed they were ICE just to further scare people. It's not hard to make official looking IDs and badges.

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I was thinking the exact same thing. Nothing about this seems official.

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People pretending to be ICE, and when they are predictably blown back they will actually call ICE.

Same jackasses that decided to stop traffic during wildfire evacuations and harass minorities for ID. Sick little fucks need to get a life.

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If a call to the real police might be in order if confronted by disguised goons like these.

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I think we need to call BPD right away in this situation. Like if your that bystander recording. Call BPD and report an altercation.

That tattoo line very fake.

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It sure looks like they were some proud boy types coming down from NH

Daddy's gonna be pissed. He told them to stand down and stand by!

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Not to fat-shame, but they look fairly puffy, more in line with Y'All Qaeda cosplayers than federal agents.

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When they have no penis to conceal?

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Those boys look so proud in their plain-clothes trimmed in kevlar accents. You're a cop, undisguised, living a terrorist aesthetic.

just put on a uniform so we know who the f you are.

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Way to say literally nothing. Anyways, these morons don’t have any side arms, and I find it hard to believe these yokels in old navy jeans and new balance sneaks with vests on (with literal garbage on them) are official. Hope this guy called the real cops right away

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Micropenises are still technically penises #allpenisesmatter #trump2020

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We're all born how we're born and people with micropenises do not deserve to be associated with pathetic idiots like this.

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Or are you just stirring the pot?

Are you certain, he didn't actually match a description of someone they were looking for. Of course not.

Also, I feel bad for the guy jogging, but he handled the situation incredibly well.

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OK, go Google the phrase "while black" and see what pops up, then report back here.

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This is my third decade living near the parkway. It's a road I've driven and jog along side thousands of times. I have never been stopped jogging, not once.

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?

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I can't tell if you really don't know or if you're being obtuse on purpose.

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You can’t be serious. They don’t even look real.

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Vigilantes harassing minorities, then calling ICE or threatening to call ICE.

A relative in California sent me a video of two guys getting out of an Uber and harassing someone until a large group holding an arts event came over, demanded ID and warrants, and surrounded the person being harassed. Then ICE did show up because the vigilantes decided to harass further with murder by illegal raid. ICE did not have warrants (of course) and so they were forced to leave when the city police showed up.

What I don't get is why they are harassing black people if immigration is their concern. Of course we all know that it isn't about immigration and is weaponized bigotry and terrorism.

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I also get a strong vibe of 2nd amendment NH types with absolutely nothing better to do, playing dress-up and testing the waters to see how much they can get away with before election day.. they act a lot like the "border militia" down south who also enjoy pretending to be government agents.

If they were ICE, not only would their little tactical outfits look more similar than they do, they would also probably have the word "ICE" on them somewhere; and if they were "undercover", they wouldn't have been nonchalantly openly questioning random passers-by while wearing tactical gear.

ICE agents are thugs, but they should be capable of performing a stop (these guys aren't), and this doesn't match with how they usually operate.

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The lunch his mom packed?

These schmoes are the worst excuse for law enforcement I've ever seen. I would also like to believe they're suburban supremacists cosplaying ICE. Because if ICE has dug that far down in the barrel for employees...

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If you can watch that and defend it, then we are a broken country. Makes me sick.

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sadness. but i also hate that it was shot in vertical aspect ratio.

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I'm sure the last thing on his mind during something like that is holding his phone sideways (you really have to think to do that). Also, while UHub is hardly at the forefront of anything, even here, I've noticed that most visitors are now coming in via phones (specifically phones, not tablets) and most people tend to look at their phones vertically, so as much as I love that old friends-don't-let-friends-do-vertical-video video, I have to accept that reality.

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Alternatively, will take them waking up to their bedrooms in flames. Secret state security forces or wannabe try-hards, let them all suffer the same fate.

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Sure these guys really are from ICE? Not just a bunch of idiots looking to have some fun?

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Are you kidding me? What else do they do besides intercept people without identifying themselves?

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Go to twitter and search ICE Lynn. Filter by photos, same bald guy, same vehicle. Three days ago.

Adam, your mental stability is sleeping bro.

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Vehicle looks the same, but the Lynn bald guy is a little skinnier and has markings on his vest that this guy doesn’t.

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free market, pro "law & order" republican business owners employ the "illegal" immigrants ICE is seeking to detain? The irony of seeing blue lives matter flags outside a business that employs the undocumented is emulating the Trump brand.

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And you're totally right.

They probably just outgrew the POLICE/FEDERAL AGENT vests they wore in Lynn, what with each guy apparently gaining 10-15 lbs overnight and all, so had to stop by an army & navy store to grab some backups on the way down from NH...errr....I mean to VFW.

GTFO anon bootlicker.

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Whoa, not many things are so completely one-sided that Matt O’Malley will actually speak definitively. Surely he’ll back pedal after a couple old goats call him tomorrow and tell him they support all law enforcement, real and fake. He represents them too, after all.

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ICE is already legally capable of executing police powers within 100 miles of an international border. This doesn't stop them from acting outside the law by acting outside their jurisdiction.

As Trump politicizes every Federal agency that affects his ability to "rule" he, early on, politicized ICE. It now is his open secret police charged with harassing anyone deemed worth of their attention.

Given that Trump's supporters believe in domestic terror, violence, bigotry, harassment, etc. there is no surprise that Trump bigots would pretend to be ICE agents so that they can enjoy the sadistic pleasure of harassing a black man.

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who was jogging along the VFW Parkway, they're vicious and nasty, and have to be stopped before they harass other people.

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In case anyone's not aware, the international border nearest to W. Roxbury isn't Canada, it's the MA coast. So, way less than 100 miles.

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This one just happened to get videotaped.

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There was neither a DHS nor an ICE in 2000.

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That would have picked this type of case up (assuming it is a wanted person)

DEA, INS, US Marshalls, IRS, FBI, etc.

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None of those are the they that you named. Further, as bad as the INS was (I could tell you stories), the DHS and its subsidiary ICE are much worse. So, they have not been doing this for 20 years.

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One agency has been around 17 years, 10 months and 12 days and the other has been around 17 years, 10 months and 12 days.

And one of them simply changed their name. The same people weren't just fired on that magical date in March of 2003.

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