Hey guys, I normally don’t post things like this on Tumblr, in fact, I haven’t posted anything like this on here at all..but here goes…..
This is one of my good friends Eric. We have known each other for years and he is really like a brother to me. We both grew up in New York City - me in South Brooklyn, and him in East Harlem. He has really been a role model for me because we both had it hard growing up here. He is a really good person. Eric has been working hard since he was really young just so he can support himself and his mother, who still lives in East Harlem.
Even though Eric has always lived in the city, he has always been an outdoorsman at heart. I remember many nights when me and Eric were hanging out and he would go on and on about moving to somewhere with mountains and dedicate his life to winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. I would always kind of laugh it off and tell him that he’d be back. However, for the past four years, he has actually been working and saving money to move to Colorado.
This year, on October 15th, on his birthday, he made the spontaneous decision to move to Colorado. However, his dream would be stopped short by NYPD. This is his story about how he was targeted by the NYPD, and racially profiled.
Hi name is Eric and I was born and raised in New York City my whole life. I’ve been working Construction, and Moving jobs saving 4+ years to move to Colorado and pursue my dream in the winter action sport industry as an entrepreneur in which I have a business plan for. I saved $8,000 cash to buy my flight, a car on Craigslist.com, a season ski pass, and have funds just to network and travel around. Not to mention the $1,100 I put up as a deposit for a place in Dillon, CO. On the day of my flight, October 5th, a buddy (now ex-buddy)of mine decided to help and drive me to LGA airport.
As we driving up 1st avenue about to cross the RFK bridge, my not so bright friend who had weed and magic mushrooms in the car, drove on the bus lane to pass traffic! The NYPD pulled me over since the car smelled like weed, so they searched and found his stuff under the seats! The cash I had in MY luggage they took as “evidence”, and put it together with his stuff! They think I’m his drug dealer because he was white and I’m hispanic! I did 4 days in the Central Booking Jail and the Tombs, while my family who is poorer than dirt had to scramble and pawn jewelry (from my dad who passed away when I was 11) to pay a $2,500 bail. This “friend” of mine, who’s apart of a union at his job, promised me $1,000 a week to “take the rap for it.”, his stuff! He didn’t have to pay a bail, and wasn’t charged with anything!! His car is being confiscated under my name, God knows how or why?! So they’re trying to charge me with everything! Currently this so called friend, isn’t answering my text or calls after his promise.
Now I have to pay for a lawyer which is charging me $3,500 for the first court appearance on February 5th! I haven’t faxed back a signed retainer letter agreeing to pay since I don’t know where I’ll get this money from. Heres his website and contact info if you have any questions: www.ny-defense.com=”” ‘=”“> http://www.ny-defense.com/ Most of the donations will have to go towards the awww.ny-defense.com=”” ‘=”“> http://www.ny-defense.com/ Most of the donations will have to go towards the attorney now. I have until January to gather up funds!!
On my birthday, October 15th, I decided to borrow more money from friends and get a flight out here to CO. I even spent the whole day and night in LGA just to catch a 12pm flight the day on the 16th. I just wanted to ski that bad, and get away from the city-life I’ve grown to despise. I’m an outdoorsman at heart, which is why I chose to stay here temporarily.I’m currently renting a room in Dillon, but rent is due yesterday and I have no choice but to reach out to the masses for help. Lets hope and pray I don’t have to do jail time or probation back in NY so I can live out my dreams and goals!
My family has contacted Internal Affairs twice to investigate the racial profiling in my case, since one of the arresting officers told me “The only reason you hang out with white people is because you sell drugs to them.” After trying to explain to them I grew up skating, and skiing. The guy driving has been hanging with me for the past couple years since he snowboards and we go to the mountains every weekend. Heck we even went to Mount Hood in Oregon this summer, with pictures on my Facebook to prove it. The police officers just didn’t have no care or interest what I had to say.So much for “Protecting and Serving”, their motto should be “Search, Assume, and Destroy”. Any law advice on this would be considered as well. Any job inquiries in Summit Country I will gladly accept!! I’m currently filling out applications at all the local ski resorts, and having faith in the best. I appreciate anything, advice, job offers, financial guidance, places to stay! Thank you!
He really needs help. Even if you can’t help, please share/signal boost.
His Go Fund Me page can be found HERE.
Thank you for reading this.