Friday, October 28, 2005

Do you think it is criminal for a professor to stop by his office at night to pick up a book he forgot?

It is, apparently, if you are black.

On tuesday October 25, San Francisco State Professor Antwi Akom stopped by campus to pick up a book he had forgotten in his office. His two young children waited in the car for him. When he was going into the office building, a cop asked him what he was doing there, to which he replied that he was a professor and needed to get something from inside. The rest of the story goes something like this:

Akom said the unidentified campus police officer was called by the security guard while he was inside of his office getting the book. He said he asked the officer why he was getting arrested, but the officer had no answer.

“The officer didn’t tell him anything. It wasn’t until he was arrested that they told him he had assaulted a police officer,” said Moore, an SF State student.

The two began to argue and the officer then called two more police officers for backup. Moore said the three officers threw Akom to the ground and handcuffed him. During that process, one of them hit their face against his knee.

Akom is being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, which are both felonies

A black professor on one of the most progressive campuses of one of the most progessive cities in the U.S. gets treated this way, and some people would still have us believe that the U.S. doesn't have a race problemm