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The black Illinois state representative is stopped by an agent while leaving a store wearing a mask and gloves

Representative Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) took to Twitter Monday afternoon to talk about his experiences while shopping on Sunday

Representative Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) took to Twitter Monday afternoon to talk about his experiences while shopping on Sunday

An Illinois state representative, a black man, was stopped by police in a store and had his ID and proof of purchase checked because he was wearing a mask and gloves.

Representative Kam Buckner (D-Chicago) rose Twitter on Monday afternoon to say that his shopping experience on Sunday reminded him of the ‘free and unwanted attention given to us to a particular target audience while engaging in normal social acts and how quickly the lens can change to the subjective based on implicit prejudices and prejudices. ‘

Black people across the country have expressed concerns about wearing masks in public, fearing adverse reactions from both law enforcement officers and those in their communities.

Buckner said he was wearing a hoodie, sweatpants, and sneakers when he went to the store because the church was canceled. To obey Governor JB Pritzker’s command, he also wore a pair of gloves and a mask. He noted that many others were dressed the same way.

Problems arose for the rep when he walked out of the store with the items in his cart, Buckner explains, sharing an officer in uniform and then asking him questions.

He said the experience reminded him of the “free and unwanted attention given to us in a particular demography while engaging in normal social actions and how quickly the goal can change into the subjective based on implicit bias.”

Buckner said he was wearing a hoodie, sweatpants, and sneakers when he went to the store because the church was canceled. To obey Governor JB Pritzker's command, he also wore a pair of gloves and a mask. He noted that many others were dressed the same way

Buckner said he was wearing a hoodie, sweatpants, and sneakers when he went to the store because the church was canceled. To obey Governor JB Pritzker's command, he also wore a pair of gloves and a mask. He noted that many others were dressed the same way

Buckner said he was wearing a hoodie, sweatpants, and sneakers when he went to the store because the church was canceled. To obey Governor JB Pritzker’s command, he also wore a pair of gloves and a mask. He noted that many others were dressed the same way

The representative wears a mask on another day

The representative wears a mask on another day

The representative wears a mask on another day

“I explained to him that I had just bought them from the store where he saw me walking out,” he said in the Twitter thread. “He asked to see my receipt, which was deep in my pocket.”

He continued, “After about 30 seconds, I found it and gave it to him. He barely looked at it and then asked for my ID. I have met. He walked to his car and sat in it for a few minutes and returned both the ID and my receipt. ‘

Buckner asked the officer why he was specifically stopped.

“People use the corona virus to do bad things. I couldn’t see your face, man. You looked like you were up to something, ” the representative told him.

Problems arose for the rep when he walked out of the store with the items from his cart, Buckner explains, sharing an agent in uniform and then asking him questions

Problems arose for the rep when he walked out of the store with the items from his cart, Buckner explains, sharing an agent in uniform and then asking him questions

Problems arose for the rep when he walked out of the store with the items from his cart, Buckner explains, sharing an agent in uniform and then asking him questions

He continued, “After about 30 seconds, I found it and gave it to him. He barely looked at it and then asked for my ID. I have met. He walked to his car and sat in it for a few minutes and returned both the ID and my receipt. ‘

Buckner asked the officer why he was specifically stopped

Buckner asked the officer why he was specifically stopped

Buckner asked the officer why he was specifically stopped

The representative wondered what someone who is “doing something” looks like?

He said that before Trayvon Martin died, he was already exposed to the harsh reality of thinking about how he dressed in different rooms.

“I’m a 6’4” black guy from the south side of Chicago and if I’m not wearing a suit, I’m probably in a hoodie, jeans and Jordans. & depending on the time of year, countless tattoos may be visible, ‘he added. “I am well aware that I don’t look like I ‘intend to do something’, but should I?”

Buckner said similar profiling situations had happened to him before, and shared that he was not “outraged” that his status as a politician could not protect him.

“It bothers me the most because I can’t help but think about the dangers inherent in some black men who just stick to the mask rule, making them look like they are” planning something, “he added. “This is not in the least an absolute indictment of any group.”

The representative did not allude to the store where he was shopping, nor did he share details about the officer’s race. Several people took the comments to heart to support the representative.

“I’m sorry this happened to you. And yes, you are right, things need to be repaired. We need to do better … and be better … move forward, “said Ann Williams, Illinois state representative.

Thank you for sharing your experience, Rep. I’m sorry that this happened to you. And you are right, there is still a lot of work to be done on issues that preceded this pandemic and seem to deepen every day, “said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton.

“I’m sorry this happened to you. And yes, you are right, things need to be repaired. We need to do better … and be better … move forward, “said Ann Williams, Illinois state representative

Thank you for sharing your experience, Rep. I’m sorry that this happened to you. And you are right, there is still a lot of work to be done on issues that preceded this pandemic and that seem to be deepening every day, “said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton

Governor Pritzker announced on Tuesday that he is investigating the case.

“It’s something we’re looking at. We clearly believe that there is discriminatory behavior here, so we will try to ensure that we try to tackle it. ‘

Chicago police distanced themselves from the incident.

“Based on the limited information provided to the Chicago Police Department, we are currently unable to verify that a CPD member was involved in this incident,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. ABC 7.

“All investigative stops should be based on a reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred, is taking place or is about to happen. Anyone who believes that they have been treated unfairly can file a complaint with a CPD supervisor, the CPD service of the Interior and / or the Civil Police Accountability. ‘

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