Early Tuesday morning just prior to a scheduled maintenance our NYC sysadmin was arrested outside our Lower Manhattan data center and his car impounded. For purposes of this story lets call him "Bill".
The problem? Apparently the NYPD thought Bill's New Jersey drivers license was expired (it wasn't) and they wanted to hold him for "identification". Bill spent 30 hours in jail.
Now mind you Bill is a very well dressed man, every time I've seen him in person I've thought he looks like an investment banker or a lawyer. He also drives a fairly new BMW.
Bill spent four years serving our country in the US Army and he has a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from a well-regarded public university.
Bill is very well spoken, polite, and respectful of authority figures.
Bill also happens to be black.
While I wasn't there and only have Bill's side of the story, somehow I doubt Bill would have been arrested had he been white. Heck I wonder if Bill would have even been stopped had he been white.
Yep, DWB Driving While Black.
At 1 AM in Lower Manhattan Bill was just another nigger.