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Black Twitter Shares Stories Of Police Encounters With #AliveWhileBlack

The trending hashtag came on the heels of #CrimingWhileWhite, which documented testimonies of white privilege in criminal justice.

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The morning after a grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner using an illegal chokehold, EBONY.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux invited her Twitter followers to talk about their encounters with the police.

Hey Black folk, how have police treated you for being #alivewhileblack

Jamilah Lemieux@JamilahLemieuxFollow

Hey Black folk, how have police treated you for being #alivewhileblack

9:37 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The outpour of encounters came in immediately, and ranged widely, from criminal profiling...

@JamilahLemieux cuffed & made mey kneel on pavement in snow for an hour after they found me leaving a party w/ my GF #alivewhileblack

JORDAN ❌ LEBEAU@JordanInBostonFollow

@JamilahLemieux cuffed & made mey kneel on pavement in snow for an hour after they found me leaving a party w/ my GF #alivewhileblack

9:41 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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was working in retail & picked up a shift at another store. security guard profiled me over the walkie when i walked in #AliveWhileBlack

Franchesca Ramsey@chescaleighFollow

was working in retail & picked up a shift at another store. security guard profiled me over the walkie when i walked in #AliveWhileBlack

10:26 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pulled over w my mom. People think shes white, she was driving. Cops asked for my ID and license "for her protection" #AliveWhileBlack

A$AP Aspie@ProfessorBLoveFollow

Pulled over w my mom. People think shes white, she was driving. Cops asked for my ID and license "for her protection" #AliveWhileBlack

9:58 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Stopped b/c child "did not look like he shld be w/me"Asked to prove my light-skinned nephew was not being kidnapped #alivewhileblack

karla holloway@ProfHollowayFollow

Stopped b/c child "did not look like he shld be w/me"Asked to prove my light-skinned nephew was not being kidnapped #alivewhileblack

10:33 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cops were called the day I moved into my new apartment in the Castro, waited for my new roommate to get there #alivewhileblack

Mark S. Luckie ☜@marksluckieFollow

Cops were called the day I moved into my new apartment in the Castro, waited for my new roommate to get there #alivewhileblack

10:54 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dad goes into gas station. Pays for gas. Returns to car to pump gas. Police pull up and harrass him for loitering. #alivewhileblack

Mandice McAllister@iMandiceFollow

Dad goes into gas station. Pays for gas. Returns to car to pump gas. Police pull up and harrass him for loitering. #alivewhileblack

10:52 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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to threats of lethal force...

@JamilahLemieux Gun put to my head for refusing to get off of a recorded phone call with my insurance company. Agent cried #alivewhileblack

Shelly Bee@TXShellyBeeFollow

@JamilahLemieux Gun put to my head for refusing to get off of a recorded phone call with my insurance company. Agent cried #alivewhileblack

10:42 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Age 15 walking 2 bus stop after school. Cop & his .357 asked where I came from. Hands up, I nodded to HS. Waited to b ID'd #Alivewhileblack

Khadijah Queen@blackpeculiarFollow

Age 15 walking 2 bus stop after school. Cop & his .357 asked where I came from. Hands up, I nodded to HS. Waited to b ID'd #Alivewhileblack

10:53 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

to frisking and other harassment...

Patted down on the hood of a cop car at 9 yrs old RT @JamilahLemieux:Hey Black folk, how have police treated you for being #alivewhileblack

DarkSkintDostoyevsky@daniecalFollow

Patted down on the hood of a cop car at 9 yrs old RT @JamilahLemieux:Hey Black folk, how have police treated you for being #alivewhileblack

9:42 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Out for a run on a weekday morning. Stopped and frisked in nothing but shorts and a tee shirt. Ummmmm... #alivewhileblack

Jenn Seide@JennSeideFollow

Out for a run on a weekday morning. Stopped and frisked in nothing but shorts and a tee shirt. Ummmmm... #alivewhileblack

12:05 PM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Walking to school at 12. Harassed by 2 cops every day for weeks. Complete with racial slurs #Alivewhileblack

Mikki Kendall@KarnythiaFollow

Walking to school at 12. Harassed by 2 cops every day for weeks. Complete with racial slurs #Alivewhileblack

9:47 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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and suspecting the validity of their own harm...

A car wrecked into mine-- face bleeding, concussed, the police and medial workers told me to stop crying and faking. #AliveWhileBlack

Akilah Hughes @AkilahObviouslyFollow

A car wrecked into mine-- face bleeding, concussed, the police and medial workers told me to stop crying and faking. #AliveWhileBlack

10:00 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cop stops me. Illegally searches the car. I call my wife. She arrives. He writes her a jaywalking ticket for "interferring" #AliveWhileBlack

GrooveSDC@GrooveSDCFollow

Cop stops me. Illegally searches the car. I call my wife. She arrives. He writes her a jaywalking ticket for "interferring" #AliveWhileBlack

10:52 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lemieux also shared her own personal experience with the police.

Got raped+robbed. Police took forever to interview me, mentioned that women sometimes lie to hide "gambling, overspending" #AliveWhileBlack

Jamilah Lemieux@JamilahLemieuxFollow

Got raped+robbed. Police took forever to interview me, mentioned that women sometimes lie to hide "gambling, overspending" #AliveWhileBlack

11:00 AM - 04 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Offline, the grand jury's verdict in the Eric Garner case has ignited a nationwide string of protests, and a larger discussion on rampant police brutality against black people.

Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based Nairobi, Kenya.

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