Last year, we interviewed Prof. Ravi Shankar, from the Central Connecticut State University, who was arrested and imprisoned on a perceived traffic violation and had to spend 30 hrs in confinement. This week he contacted us to inform that the city of New York ‘admitted culpability’ and he received a compensation that he says isn’t life changing ‘but it’s at least a measure of vindication’. The settlement details cannot be disclosed as per the rules, but there has been no apology for Prof. Shankar who was called ’sand nigger’ by the arresting officer.
The officer then put the professor up against a wall and proceeded to arrest him based on a warrant out for a man of the same name.
When put into the back of the police cruiser, Shankar reported one of the officers said “it’s always a good day when you can bag a sand nigger.”
Back at the police station Shankar learned that the warrant out for the man of the same name had a physical description of a 5-foot 10-inch white male weighing 140 pounds.
Dark skinned and 6-foot 2-inch, Shankar weighs 200 pounds.
Despite the obvious difference, Shankar was told to tell it to the judge and ultimately spent Friday and Saturday night in a crowded jail cell with an open bathroom and nothing but a cold hard floor to sleep on.
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