Immigrants on Reconnek come together to denounce racism after another horrible footage.

Darlene Kalila
2 min readNov 7, 2020

The Kansas City Police Department said in a statement that police were called to the location by a security officer at the gas station and convenience store who said there were “15–20 individuals fighting on the business’s property.” When officers arrived minutes later, the owner told officers that “he wanted everyone off the property who wasn’t buying anything,” according to the statement. Security camera video released by the police of the incident shows as many as a dozen people gathered at the business some points, some pushing each other. “At that time, a woman (seen in the video) and man tried to pull the suspect away from officers,” the statement said.

The woman arrested is 25-year-old Deja Stallings, who is nine months pregnant, her attorney, Stacy Shaw, told CNN. Shaw disputes the police’s assertion that Stallings tried to pull the suspect away. The security video shows Stallings briefly step between an officer and the man he was moving to arrest, but the officer quickly pushes past her to chase after the suspect, catching up with him just a few feet later. Police said one of the officers then tried to arrest Stallings while she was standing, but “she continued to physically resist arrest, at which point he placed her on the ground to effect the arrest.”

Immigrants on Reconnek upset by social media videos of Kansas City police arresting a pregnant Black woman have now occupied the lawn in front of City Hall to protest against such acts. The footage shows an officer kneeling on the back of a pregnant woman during an arrest after a gathering at a gas station. However, her lawyer disputes the police account of the events leading to her arrest. But immigrants on Reconnek are wondering, what justifies a white, large officer, body slamming 120-some pound, nine month pregnant woman, twisting her arm above her head and kneeling in her back? Is this yet, another demonstration of racism? Immigrants on Reconnek are coming together and with one voice, to say a big “no” to these prevailing racial injustice.

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Darlene Kalila

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