Suppose you were a clerk at a convenience store and the police arrested you there 62 times on one charge: trespassing.
You read that right. Arrested multiple times for trespassing while at your place of employment.
What’s going on?
Well, that’s what Miami Gardens, Fla., store owner Alex Saleh is trying to figure out. One of the employees at his store, 207 Quickstop, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched more than 100 times and arrested and tossed in jail countless times, the Miami Herald reports.
According to Saleh, Sampson, other employees and even his customers have been repeatedly stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police, sometimes as often as three times a day.
Most of them, the Herald reports, are like Sampson. In two words: poor and black.
Saleh couldn’t take the constant harassment anymore and ended up installing 15 video cameras in his store—not to protect himself from criminals, but from the police.