“Some of your many millions of followers have already started abusing this woman. “But mate why not just go though a normal complaint process? Do you understand the intimidation and abuse you are subjecting this woman to with your post?” tweeted Ford, to which Will.i.am swiftly responded. “I was intimidated by 5 police officers when I landed…for what? 🤷🏿♂️ I put away my laptop when she asked…why would she feel threatened by me to call the police? What did I do wrong? I wasn’t out of hand.. I was polite & did what she asked… now you’re asking me to take abuse?” the star tweeted.
The officers were a part of a narcotics team and were supervised by Lt. Steve Parrish, who is now Dothan’s Police Chief, and Andy Hughes, Asst. Director of Homeland Security for Alabama. The officers would target innocent Black men and plant drugs and weapons on them. Black men would be arrested and charged by District Attorney Doug Valeska. Valeska knew that the drugs were being planted and continued to prosecute while protecting the officers.
Nearly 1,000 innocent Black men were arrested and falsely prosecuted and many of the Black men who were falsely arrested are still in jail serving time.
Beginning in 1996, the families of the Black men who were convicted began to complain. However, they were often ignored.
It took a group of White police officers who noticed the crimes and shared the information with Internal Affairs Division for an investigation to take place. It was soon discovered that the police officers who planted the drugs and weapons were members of a racist terrorist organization that was designated as a hate group.
It proves, once again, that police officers and district attorneys across the nation are not being vetted properly. How was it possible for a racist organization to have that much control and power over a police department? The United States continues to fail its Black citizens by ignoring obvious mistreatment that goes unpunished.
Since the initial investigation, most of the racist officers involved have advanced in their careers and hold prominent positions. The group of officers who presented the evidence to Internal Affairs Division are willing to testify against the racist officers if U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch assigns a special prosecutor from outside of Alabama to handle the case.