The practice of police officers determining how to approach, handle or regard young Black men based on their skin color is one that has not let up despite clear-cut evidence that it’s a blatant civil rights violation on multiple levels.
One mother from Denver, Colorado is coming forward with her story about how racially based police harassment affected her young son far beyond the years that he was subjected to the practice. Lisa Calderon told ABC 7 News that police officers began approaching her teenage son for merely walking to school everyday, beginning at the age of 15. Over the course of 11 years, Lisa filed multiple complaints against the Denver police department in hopes of something being done to rectify the problem, but she says her actions were to no avail.
Lisa says her son eventually moved away from the neighborhood once he became an adult because the constant police harassment and being treated as a criminal in his own neighborhood for over a decade was too much to bear.
Colorado lawmakers are currently in the process of developing methods to track accounts of racial profiling by police, so hopefully this will aid in preventing other young Black boys from going through what Lisa Calderon’s son experienced for the majority of his teenage years.