Racial Profiling in Middletown?

Eric Lach writes about something that should upset pretty much everyone at Wesleyan. Jose Chapa ’07, perhaps having one of the worst years ever, was arrested over the weekend after police responded to a noise complaint on Home Ave. In what was a horrifying experience, the officer seemed to be targeting Chapa specifically and taking out his frustrations for the whole Wesleyan community out on him:

“They grabbed me, they handcuffed me, and slammed my face in the road,” Chapa said. “I was yelling, ‘please let me go.’ Then they pulled out the mace.”

Student witnesses report hearing the officers continually yelling and swearing at Chapa and other students.

“We give you a hundred breaks a year, and you just piss all over us,” one of the police officers, who identified himself as Officer Clark, said to the milling students.

According to witnesses, he also said there would no longer be any discretion given by the MPD to University parties. He did give students his badge number, when pressed.

Some students, Chapa included, wondered why Chapa was singled out, among all the other students on the street.

“I felt that they were specifically focusing on him, targeting him as a person among many on that street,” said Erin Moore ’07, who was also with Chapa at the time. “I noticed a difference in the way the officers spoke to me and Rae [Kaplan] in comparison to how they talked to Jose.”

if you’re upset about this, you can contact the Middletown Police Department.

You can contact Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano at Mayor@cityofmiddletown.com.

Of course, if you have any opinion at all about the article, you can write a wespeak.

Or you could watch this again. Not really the same thing, but enough to scare pretty much anyone.

58 thoughts on “Racial Profiling in Middletown?

  1. Anonymous

    Run Chapa Run!!!He’s an idiot. Sure, they picked him out maybe by race but why the fuck did he run. See I can argue using curse words as well. I’m sure little would have happened if he didn’t run (or yell back at the cops/refuse to listen).

  2. Anonymous

    Run Chapa Run!!!

    He’s an idiot. Sure, they picked him out maybe by race but why the fuck did he run. See I can argue using curse words as well. I’m sure little would have happened if he didn’t run (or yell back at the cops/refuse to listen).

  3. Anonymous

    the police does it job and allbut they can be real assesso can students.fuck wesleyan studentsand fuck the policefuck all the people who want police control on campusfuck the administrationfuck me toofuck shit fuck

  4. Anonymous

    the police does it job and all
    but they can be real asses
    so can students.
    fuck wesleyan students
    and fuck the police
    fuck all the people who want police control on campus
    fuck the administration
    fuck me too
    fuck shit fuck

  5. Anonymous

    For fuck’s sake. They were breaking up a party. There were clearly at least 100 people drinking in public. They single out a person of color and use blatently unneccesary force. How fucking stupid does a person have to be to not make the connections here?

  6. Anonymous

    For fuck’s sake. They were breaking up a party. There were clearly at least 100 people drinking in public. They single out a person of color and use blatently unneccesary force. How fucking stupid does a person have to be to not make the connections here?

  7. Anonymous

    btw, the “Oh dear God” entry is by me, LeanaThere’s a typo in the first sentence, “Stop complaining that Wesleying…” I apologize for that grammatical mistake. Oh, but I don’t apologize for calling you a big idiot. Leana

  8. Anonymous

    btw, the “Oh dear God” entry is by me, Leana

    There’s a typo in the first sentence, “Stop complaining that Wesleying…” I apologize for that grammatical mistake. Oh, but I don’t apologize for calling you a big idiot.

    Leana

  9. Anonymous

    Objectivity is a myth. Reality is created by the news, but that doesn’t mean news sources have any obligation to reality. And this has nothing to do with the B-3 bomber, because the B-3 bomber does not exist.On the other hand, if you’re running from the police, you should expect some kind of consequence, irregardless of any mitigating circumstances.And no, there is no crisis is Albania.

  10. Anonymous

    Objectivity is a myth. Reality is created by the news, but that doesn’t mean news sources have any obligation to reality. And this has nothing to do with the B-3 bomber, because the B-3 bomber does not exist.

    On the other hand, if you’re running from the police, you should expect some kind of consequence, irregardless of any mitigating circumstances.

    And no, there is no crisis is Albania.

  11. Anonymous

    Oh Dear God, Stop complaining the wesleying is not objective. It’s not supposed to be objective! It’s created by students! I see Holly’s anger, but only a BIG IDIOT would interpret Holly’s post as a representation of the whole campus’ sentiments.Wesleying, do NOT stop posting what you feel. I may not agree sometimes but I respect your right as a blogger to convey information through YOUR point of view. Get it? stop reading wesleying if you don’t agree with them but don’t stop them from trying to express themselves.

  12. Anonymous

    Oh Dear God,
    Stop complaining the wesleying is not objective. It’s not supposed to be objective! It’s created by students! I see Holly’s anger, but only a BIG IDIOT would interpret Holly’s post as a representation of the whole campus’ sentiments.
    Wesleying, do NOT stop posting what you feel. I may not agree sometimes but I respect your right as a blogger to convey information through YOUR point of view.
    Get it? stop reading wesleying if you don’t agree with them but don’t stop them from trying to express themselves.

  13. Anonymous

    im only upset that he wasnt given a good beating after he was tackled. he is an idiot. if you run from a cop, what the fuck do you expect to happen? jose comprises the lower IQ range which hasn’t quite yet grasped that its probably a good idea to listen to and comply with cops requests. its painful how stupid the editorializing around this posting was. but i guess we should be looking to stick it to the man in all instances! painfully stupid, just painful

  14. Anonymous

    im only upset that he wasnt given a good beating after he was tackled. he is an idiot. if you run from a cop, what the fuck do you expect to happen? jose comprises the lower IQ range which hasn’t quite yet grasped that its probably a good idea to listen to and comply with cops requests. its painful how stupid the editorializing around this posting was. but i guess we should be looking to stick it to the man in all instances! painfully stupid, just painful

  15. Anonymous

    (OH AND FOR THE RECORD, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF JOSE CHAPA IS RESPONSIBLE. ITS STILL A FUCKED UP SITUATION HOWEVER YOU REGARD IT. YOU SEE, THEY ATE BACON THAT MORNING!!!! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!)

  16. Anonymous

    (OH AND FOR THE RECORD, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF JOSE CHAPA IS RESPONSIBLE. ITS STILL A FUCKED UP SITUATION HOWEVER YOU REGARD IT. YOU SEE, THEY ATE BACON THAT MORNING!!!! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!)

  17. Anonymous

    HOW DARE PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THINGS, ITS FUCKING HERESY AND NOT TRUE AND FAKE. ALSO, A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT IN CAHOOTS WITH ELEMENTS OF ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE AREA. ABSOLUTE NO ON THAT ONE, SO DON’T YOU REPEAT IT. ISN’T THE ABILITY OF ALL CAPITALS AND RIDICULOUS STATEMENTS TO PISS YOU OFF QUITE FUCKING UNCANNY?!??!?!?!?!

  18. Anonymous

    HOW DARE PEOPLE SAY THE SAME THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THINGS, ITS FUCKING HERESY AND NOT TRUE AND FAKE. ALSO, A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT IN CAHOOTS WITH ELEMENTS OF ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE AREA. ABSOLUTE NO ON THAT ONE, SO DON’T YOU REPEAT IT. ISN’T THE ABILITY OF ALL CAPITALS AND RIDICULOUS STATEMENTS TO PISS YOU OFF QUITE FUCKING UNCANNY?!??!?!?!?!

  19. Anonymous

    Judging by Mr. Chapa’s attitude in his published Wespeaks, I find it easy to see why he might provoke the police to such action.If his account of the situation is true, then perhaps this was a case of police overreaction. But I’m inclined to trust a police officer’s judgment over an angry drunk’s.

  20. Anonymous

    Judging by Mr. Chapa’s attitude in his published Wespeaks, I find it easy to see why he might provoke the police to such action.

    If his account of the situation is true, then perhaps this was a case of police overreaction. But I’m inclined to trust a police officer’s judgment over an angry drunk’s.

  21. Brian

    Re: “I AM A WESLEYAN STUDENT”Wesleying doesn’t have big meetings regarding stances on issues, we allow interested students to post interesting articles, and these students assume authorship and responsibility for content. We take contributions and suggestions from our gmail, and occasionally point out interesting articles in our campus publications.If you’d like to contribute and be a “REPRESENTATIVE OF WESLEYAN”, wesleying at gmail is always accepting emails, be sure to include a name and class year to give yourself some credibility.

  22. Brian

    Re: “I AM A WESLEYAN STUDENT”

    Wesleying doesn’t have big meetings regarding stances on issues, we allow interested students to post interesting articles, and these students assume authorship and responsibility for content.

    We take contributions and suggestions from our gmail, and occasionally point out interesting articles in our campus publications.

    If you’d like to contribute and be a “REPRESENTATIVE OF WESLEYAN”, wesleying at gmail is always accepting emails, be sure to include a name and class year to give yourself some credibility.

  23. Holly

    Hmm, mr. blogger? Anyway, aside from this, I’ll make the argument pretty clearly and succinctly here and now that as a blogger on this, we are not at all in anyway obligated to uphold any standards of objectivity. We are not the Argus. We are not the New York Times. We are not CNN.We are at Wesleying are very much so entitled (much like any commenter on this blog) to an opinion. Seeing as I am one of two founders of this blog, I can decisively declare that by design this blog was not created to be an objective news source. You may, of course, disagree with whatever any of us has to say about anything. However, I will lay it down here that I for one don’t care if you think we should uphold objective standards. If you would like to post your own opinion, feel free to join on to Wesleying and write your own posts. We let anyone who wants to write here to write here. It’s part of our design to create a fluid, free space for the campus. Email me at Hwood@wes and I’ll send you an invite. But if you feel so strongly that Wesleyan needs to have an objective news blog, consider making one yourself. I recommend blogspot.com. Go ahead. It’s free and easy and best of all, no one is stopping you.Thanks.

  24. Holly

    Hmm, mr. blogger?

    Anyway, aside from this, I’ll make the argument pretty clearly and succinctly here and now that as a blogger on this, we are not at all in anyway obligated to uphold any standards of objectivity. We are not the Argus. We are not the New York Times. We are not CNN.

    We are at Wesleying are very much so entitled (much like any commenter on this blog) to an opinion. Seeing as I am one of two founders of this blog, I can decisively declare that by design this blog was not created to be an objective news source.

    You may, of course, disagree with whatever any of us has to say about anything. However, I will lay it down here that I for one don’t care if you think we should uphold objective standards.

    If you would like to post your own opinion, feel free to join on to Wesleying and write your own posts. We let anyone who wants to write here to write here. It’s part of our design to create a fluid, free space for the campus. Email me at Hwood@wes and I’ll send you an invite.

    But if you feel so strongly that Wesleyan needs to have an objective news blog, consider making one yourself. I recommend blogspot.com. Go ahead. It’s free and easy and best of all, no one is stopping you.

    Thanks.

  25. Anonymous

    I AM A WESLEYAN STUDENT.PLEASE STOP TRYING TO SPEAK FOR ME BECAUSE I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS ENTRY BY ANY MEANS. And I quote, “Eric Lach writes about something that should upset pretty much everyone at Wesleyan.”No, Mr. blogger, I do not agree with your accusations against the Middletown Police. What I am upset by is the fact that you and the Argus and other means of disseminating information in this school always inject their own political agenda or biases into an incident such as that. AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, I HIGHLY DOUBT WHETHER THE ARGUS IS AN OBJECTIVE NEWS SOURCE. YOU HAVE NO EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS RACIAL PROFILING. YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS. YET YOU MAKE ACCUSATIONS LIKE THAT? HOW DARE YOU? THESE POLICE OFFICERS RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS CALL THEM RACIST? I don’t deny that there may be some mistakes on the part of the Middletown Police, as in any police department in the country but please let us look at the big picture, the good that they have done for the community, and the reality that the subject in question may have very well broken the law. It is your right to make sure the Middletown Police is accountable. But why was the individual in question not subjected to the same scrutiny by you and by the Argus? You always blame the police, and never hold the other individuals accountable.THIS BLOG WHETHER IT INTENDS TO BE OR NOT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF WESLEYAN. SO PLEASE TRY TO BE MORE OBJECTIVE NEXT TIME.

  26. Anonymous

    I AM A WESLEYAN STUDENT.
    PLEASE STOP TRYING TO SPEAK FOR ME BECAUSE I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS ENTRY BY ANY MEANS. And I quote, “Eric Lach writes about something that should upset pretty much everyone at Wesleyan.”
    No, Mr. blogger, I do not agree with your accusations against the Middletown Police. What I am upset by is the fact that you and the Argus and other means of disseminating information in this school always inject their own political agenda or biases into an incident such as that. AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, I HIGHLY DOUBT WHETHER THE ARGUS IS AN OBJECTIVE NEWS SOURCE. YOU HAVE NO EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS RACIAL PROFILING. YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS. YET YOU MAKE ACCUSATIONS LIKE THAT? HOW DARE YOU? THESE POLICE OFFICERS RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS CALL THEM RACIST?
    I don’t deny that there may be some mistakes on the part of the Middletown Police, as in any police department in the country but please let us look at the big picture, the good that they have done for the community, and the reality that the subject in question may have very well broken the law. It is your right to make sure the Middletown Police is accountable. But why was the individual in question not subjected to the same scrutiny by you and by the Argus? You always blame the police, and never hold the other individuals accountable.
    THIS BLOG WHETHER IT INTENDS TO BE OR NOT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF WESLEYAN. SO PLEASE TRY TO BE MORE OBJECTIVE NEXT TIME.

  27. Anonymous

    Officer Clark’s “hundred breaks a year” line only came after he was heckled for fifteen minutes by students standing on the sidewalk of Home Ave. Also, his assessment is not entirely inaccurate. It’s definitely true that Middletown PD is not appreciated by the student body in general.

  28. Anonymous

    Officer Clark’s “hundred breaks a year” line only came after he was heckled for fifteen minutes by students standing on the sidewalk of Home Ave. Also, his assessment is not entirely inaccurate. It’s definitely true that Middletown PD is not appreciated by the student body in general.

  29. Anonymous

    Of course it was racial profiling. Of course I believe Jose’s account 100%. Of course he was only running from the cop because he was sure he was being racially profiled and would be wrestled to the ground and pepper-sprayed for just being drunk in public and mouthing off to a cop. Of course there were WMDs in Iraq.

  30. Anonymous

    Of course it was racial profiling. Of course I believe Jose’s account 100%. Of course he was only running from the cop because he was sure he was being racially profiled and would be wrestled to the ground and pepper-sprayed for just being drunk in public and mouthing off to a cop. Of course there were WMDs in Iraq.

  31. Anonymous

    I defy anyone here of any race or ethnicity to mouth off drunkenly to a cop in any town in the USA this weekend anytime after midnight until the cop orders them to sto. And then run as soon as they try to detain you. As they are tackling your ass at a full sprint and grinding your lips into the sidewalk, ask yourself – is this profiling, or did I just do a really stupid thing?

  32. Anonymous

    I defy anyone here of any race or ethnicity to mouth off drunkenly to a cop in any town in the USA this weekend anytime after midnight until the cop orders them to sto. And then run as soon as they try to detain you. As they are tackling your ass at a full sprint and grinding your lips into the sidewalk, ask yourself – is this profiling, or did I just do a really stupid thing?

  33. Anonymous

    No, this isn’t regardless of Jose’s actions, it’s because of them. He was either too drunk or too stupid or too arrogant – or all three – and actually ran from a cop. In the cop’s mind, you’re running, you have something to hide – drugs, a weapon or something else. Did the cop over- react? Probably. But from their perspective they asked someone to halt and instead that person ran. Major red flag. How does the cop know Jose is a student? Did it occur to anyone that most of the assaults and robberies this academic year have come from townies pretending to be students? What the cop to think? Jose should man up and take repsonsibility for his actions and the MPD should put that cop in another part of the city.

  34. Anonymous

    No, this isn’t regardless of Jose’s actions, it’s because of them. He was either too drunk or too stupid or too arrogant – or all three – and actually ran from a cop. In the cop’s mind, you’re running, you have something to hide – drugs, a weapon or something else. Did the cop over- react? Probably. But from their perspective they asked someone to halt and instead that person ran. Major red flag. How does the cop know Jose is a student? Did it occur to anyone that most of the assaults and robberies this academic year have come from townies pretending to be students? What the cop to think? Jose should man up and take repsonsibility for his actions and the MPD should put that cop in another part of the city.

  35. Anonymous

    I don’t know where Jose is from, but in L.A., where I grew up, you run from a cop and then resist arrest after they slap the bracelets on, and you’re going to take a beating. Either way stupid on Jose’s part. Maybe he was too drunk to consider that, or maybe he thought that being a Wes student gave him some sort of magic dispensation. But a word of experience, a cop sees you resist AFTER you get cuffed, s/he’s assuming you’re on drugs or unbalanced.

  36. Anonymous

    I don’t know where Jose is from, but in L.A., where I grew up, you run from a cop and then resist arrest after they slap the bracelets on, and you’re going to take a beating. Either way stupid on Jose’s part. Maybe he was too drunk to consider that, or maybe he thought that being a Wes student gave him some sort of magic dispensation. But a word of experience, a cop sees you resist AFTER you get cuffed, s/he’s assuming you’re on drugs or unbalanced.

  37. Anonymous

    Regardless of Jose’s actions, the officer was completely out of line. If witnesses heard him say:”We give you a hundred breaks a year, and you just piss all over us,” one of the police officers, who identified himself as Officer Clark, said to the milling students.According to witnesses, he also said there would no longer be any discretion given by the MPD to University parties. He did give students his badge number, when pressed.This means the officer is carrying a chip on his shoulder. He should be removed from the beat of Wesleyan. These remarks, in my opinion, as shouted to the students, border on harassment.

  38. Anonymous

    Regardless of Jose’s actions, the officer was completely out of line. If witnesses heard him say:

    “We give you a hundred breaks a year, and you just piss all over us,” one of the police officers, who identified himself as Officer Clark, said to the milling students.

    According to witnesses, he also said there would no longer be any discretion given by the MPD to University parties. He did give students his badge number, when pressed.

    This means the officer is carrying a chip on his shoulder. He should be removed from the beat of Wesleyan. These remarks, in my opinion, as shouted to the students, border on harassment.

  39. Anonymous

    I heard he didn’t empty out the bottle when the cop asked him to at the outset. And then things escalated. But I mean how stupid is stupid – a cop tell you to stand and you run from him/her ANYWHERE in this country and, if they catch you, you’re going to eat some pavement. And guess what, if they cuff you and you freak, you’re going to get the pepper spray or a knee in the back. Um – duh. Welcome to the real world.

  40. Anonymous

    I heard he didn’t empty out the bottle when the cop asked him to at the outset. And then things escalated. But I mean how stupid is stupid – a cop tell you to stand and you run from him/her ANYWHERE in this country and, if they catch you, you’re going to eat some pavement. And guess what, if they cuff you and you freak, you’re going to get the pepper spray or a knee in the back. Um – duh. Welcome to the real world.

  41. Anonymous

    Didn’t he try to run away from the cop who wrongly detained him by grabbing his arm? Was anyone else in the group breaking the law (drinking in public which has been enforced all year)? Was the officer merely trying to see if he was over 21 yet crossed the line by physical contact?

  42. Anonymous

    Didn’t he try to run away from the cop who wrongly detained him by grabbing his arm? Was anyone else in the group breaking the law (drinking in public which has been enforced all year)? Was the officer merely trying to see if he was over 21 yet crossed the line by physical contact?

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