A judge in Florida is making a man learn from his racist mistake. Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Lyann Goudie is doing more than sentence former security guard Luis Santos-Santiago for racially profiling a Black teenager and illegally detaining him.
Judge Makes Man Write Apology To Black Teen For Racial Profiling
Santos-Santiago was given one year of probation after pleading guilty to assault with prejudice. However, additionally, he must write an apology letter, do 25 hours of community service and was also recommended by the judge to watch Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th regarding being Black in America.
Santiago reportedly called the cops on the teen for breaking into cars – something that was later proven to be false. He harassed the teen based off of his skin color and was ultimately busted for it – the 56-year-old also claimed to be an off-duty cop while on the phone with police.
“I have somebody breaking into cars. I got him with his hands up,” Santos-Santiago told a dispatcher. (Fox13)
“Racial profiling has no place in our community. The idea of a regular citizen holding someone against their will, just because they’re Black and on a bike, should worry all of us,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren told The Daily Beast. “We’ve seen similar examples of this around the country, and we’re fortunate that this one didn’t end in tragedy.” (The Daily Beast)
Connection To Trayvon Martin
The connection to the death of Trayvon Martin is undeniable in this case. Santiago worked as a security guard while Martin’s murderer George Zimmerman had interest in becoming a police officer and had a four-month course at the local sheriff’s department.
Note that Trayvon Martin was only 17 years old at the time of his death. The age of the unnamed teen in this case is unknown as well.
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