Little Known Black History Facts -"On August 25, 1959, the great Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was beaten by New York City police

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"On August 25, 1959, the great Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was beaten by New York City police officers, that’s why he’s covered in blood. Davis was finishing a two-week stint at the famous Birdland Jazz Club.

While taking a break, Davis escorted a young white woman outside where they could smoke. A white police officer ordered him to “move on.” Davis replied, “For what? I'm performing here.” The officer decided to arrest him, a physical struggle ensued and three detectives joined in and began beating Davis in the stomach and on the head with billy clubs. A crowd of 200 people quickly appeared. Davis was subsequently acquitted of the charges of disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer. The story, complete with pictures, received wide news media coverage and served to dramatize the simmering issue of racism in the New York City Police Department.

The case dramatized the pattern of police harassment of African-Americans for behavior that is not an offense (standing on the corner smoking a cigarette) and the escalation of such incidents into the use of force by the police.

In comparison to these modern times,
nothing has changed except the year."
 
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