Three black students in Rochester, New York claim they were only waiting for a school bus when they got arrested last Wednesday morning, according to WROC on Saturday. The three were with about a dozen others who are all students at Edison school.
Jacob Scott, the basketball coach reportedly scheduled a school bus to pick up the three young men to take them to a scrimmage the day before Thanksgiving when school was closed. However, a police report states that the boys were blocking pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk which prevented free passage of citizens who were walking by and keeping them from freely entering and exiting a store. According to the report, the three were given several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area – but they did not comply.
One of the students, Raliek Redd, said “We didn’t do nothing wrong. We was just trying to go to our scrimmage.” Another student, Wan Tauhjs Weathers said, “We was just waiting for our bus, and he started arresting us.” The third student, Daequon Carelock said that anyone could be downtown, minding his own business - and the next thing you know, anything can happen.
The coach came upon the situation just as the three were being handcuffed, and he was also threatened with arrest. The coach was told to disperse as well or he’d end up going ‘downtown’ as well. The officer, according to the coach, said that if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of them downtown. Coach Scott claims he told the officer that he is their varsity coach which didn’t help the situation. Scott asked what he could be booked on and what he was doing wrong. He also questioned what the boys were doing wrong. Yet, Scott says he spoke to the officers with dignity and was “treated like nothing.”
Thus far, the three pleaded not guilty in court to the charge of disorderly conduct. Their trial date for the incident is Dec. 11.