Too Dangerous to Ride

Tiny - Posted on 25 July 2011

Riding the bus in our Community is Getting Dangerous
By Dell’Trianna Davis/PoorNewsNetwork Youth Media Skolar

    On Saturday, June 16th a 19 year old young man, Kenneth Harding, from Seattle, WA, came to San Francisco at the wrong time. He rode a transit vehicle, to Bay view hunters point palou station, only to exit, and have an encounter with a police officer, about paying his two dollar fare. Harding ran from being detained, and was shot from the back multiple times, causing him to bleed to death and die at the scene. This shooting took place in broad day light by sf police, in front of kids, family, and friends at the Joseph Lee Community Center, and sadly, this is not the exception, it happens all the time to residents of the Bayview like me.

Police say Harding fired at them first ( and now maybe even shot at himself!), which they say justified their shooting at Harding. What we hear and read says that the officers were fired upon, but people of the bay view say that was a no-go, Harding only ran from the transit station, to resist citation inquiries.

As Harding laid there at the scene, there was no emergency ambulance treatment for as long as 30 mins. Police stood there for several minutes with guns on Harding, only to watch him bleed to death.

Lately, the public transit inspectors have been taking their jobs a little to seriously, but only in the poor communities, causing public humiliation, to those short on fare. Once I was short of fare, and had no transfer to show the inspector, which lead to me receiving a citation.  While facing off the ticket public, authorities, ignored my voice, and searched and rambled through my belongings, only to find no I.d., which I had said I didn’t have in the first place.

In the end riding public transportation is getting dangerous, I'm afraid for the residents of my community, because of how the police mobbed the buses supposedly looking for people short on fare..

The police are unaware, that we, as a black community, do see the way they view our young men. Viewing them as slick dressed boys, which is why the police must hear, stop Killing Our Brothers and Sisters Because Being Poor is not a Crime”

Dell’Trianna, a PNN student reporter, chef, cheerleader, confident, counselor, encourager, co-pastor and Ceo, has just graduated from the ReVolutionary Youth Media Education(RYME) program at PeopleSkool-She will be performing  a theatre presentation as part of the "Off-Plantation Plays Theatre for PeopleSkool graduation celebration on Thursday, July 28th @ 5pm- at POOR Magazine - 2940 16th st #301 SF , Ca 94103 - for more information call POOR at 415-863-6306


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