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Arrest of Princeton’s Dr. Imani Perry causes outrage and backlash

Dr. Imani Perry (Photo Credit: Facebook Profile Picture /Nia Perry)

Dr. Imani Perry (Photo credit: Facebook profile picture /Nia Perry)

This past weekend noted Princeton professor Dr. Imani Perry found herself in police custody for speeding and unpaid parking tickets. According to police, Perry was travelling 67 mph in a 45 mph zone. When she was pulled over, it was discovered that she had an outstanding warrant for unpaid traffic tickets from 2013 and that her driving privileges had been suspended. The responding officers then searched and handcuffed Perry and transported her to the police station. She later paid her outstanding fines and was released within a few hours.

Perry posted on social media sites that the incident left her humiliated and frightened. Perry claims that the officers arresting her were male and female White officers and it was the male officer who performed the body search. Because of what she felt was unfair treatment by police, she addressed these issues in a long posting this week stating in part:

“What they fail to understand is that I did not purport to be without fault. Now, make no mistake, I do not believe I did anything wrong. But even if I did, my position holds. The police treated me inappropriately and disproportionately. The fact of my blackness is not incidental to this matter.” Nia Perry-Facebook


But some have not taken kindly to her account and the amount of bad publicity she is bringing to the city Princeton, New Jersey. Perry recently posted “The Princeton police are releasing the video of my arrest and my home address is visible. Given the hostility online this puts me and my family at risk.” In addition she has stated that she was forced to deactivate her Twitter account after numerous attempts were made to reset her password by unknown parties. Dr. Perry’s colleagues in Princeton’s Department of African American Studies issued an open letter, which states in part:

“We, the faculty and staff of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies, write to express unequivocal support for our beloved colleague Professor Imani Perry. We were outraged to hear of her treatment at the hands of the Princeton police: that a male officer subjected her to a pat-down in the presence of a female officer and that she was handcuffed to a table after her arrest for an unpaid parking ticket.”


  1. guest on February 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Just a case of the entitled vs. the entitled. Besides entertainers and athletes you won’t find any more entitled persons than a college professor and a cop.

    • guest on February 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

      *also politicians

      • Exoctic 1 on February 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        Absolutely Politicians!

  2. Jason on February 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Sister pay your tickets.

    Now that that is out of the way – why did the male search instead of the female? What a lot of you on this site fail to remember (or know) is the mistreatment of the black women by:

    1. Raping them but considering it as good since they were keeping them from black male “savages”
    2. Raped in front of their children
    3. Forced experiments on women involving the forced removal of reproductive parts for medical studies

    I could go on, but the sensible here will not need it. I learned in the streets that every LITTLE act of disrespect often adds up to a BIG act of disrespect. Yes – the sister was wrong for speeding and not paying her tickets, but does she deserve to have her humanity violated?

    P.S This is 2016 and not the 1600’s, but it seems like blacks are still dealing with those same people today. I guess the apples don’t fall far from the tree after all.

    • guest on February 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      The cop should definitely be disciplined for frisking a female but besides that there isn’t much to see here. So called intellectuals have a superiority complex and feel they should be treated differently from the average person. This is far from a Sandra Bland situation that she’s trying to make it out to be.

      • Sunnysideup on February 11, 2016 at 10:40 pm

        Ridiculous. Cops absolutely CAN and DO pat downs on women. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a textbook safety move. Women aren’t entitled to arresting officers of the same sex or we’d have women in EVERY cop car. No need to be disciplined for a hysterical woman.

        • RjD on February 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

          More like a raging moron who somehow got a degree to teach.

      • Paladin SF on February 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        Well, that leaves interesting questions?

        Do we need a black female officer to search the entitled professor? After all, white supremacy something something about a white person searching a black person.

        Wait, what if the White female officer is a lesbian? Do we have to call the straight female officer?

        • Sunnysideup on February 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

          Good point. Where does this nonsense end? It’s maddening, really.

        • Will on February 24, 2016 at 1:51 am

          yeah I agree with you this has gotten have a line drawn somewhere

    • Laura Horton on February 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      It’s a quick pat down not a “body search”. She wants to make it sound like a strip search. The police just need to make sure there are no weapons in coat pockets etc. They do that to everyone before putting them in the patrol car.
      I really like the fact she “doesn’t believe she did anything wrong”. Obviously law school was lost on her.
      1. Bench warrant for unpaid fines.
      2. Driving on suspended license.
      3. Driving 22 mph over the speed limit.
      Yeah – she did nothing wrong. What a sense of entitlement she has.

      • Will on February 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

        Yep! But now it’s a “black” issue because this entitled woman can’t accept her own mistake and has to cry wolf.

    • FireOverTheHorizon on February 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Having watched the video it’s pretty obvious that her “humanity” wasn’t violated and that she is another liar trying to get out deserved punishment by lying about a serious issue. Just like the Albany bus issue.

      I guess the apples don’t fall far from the tree after all.

    • Keith on February 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      First off, the male cop was the resisting officer, and so was his duty to do the pat down. The female cop was his backup. Also, there is only 8 female officers on the force. Do you think their job should only be to drive back and forth frisking females whenever the male cops make arrests? The TSA at the airports can frisk anyone. Cops are no different. This professor is racist, by her job, and by her actions this week.

      • Katherine McChesney on April 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        He was NOT the ‘resisting’ officer. He was the ARRESTING officer.

    • Steve Stevens on February 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Ain’t nobody tryna rape dat nappy headed hoe

    • Don P on February 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Watch the video, then get back to us about your “rape” and “humanity violated” nonsense.

    • Danny Wilde on February 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

      all races of women deal with those issues

      • Jason on February 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        All women? You must be from another planet. No woman in the known history of mankind was subjected to the horrors of chattel slavery in what is now known as the U.S.

    • Danny Wilde on February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Her humanity violated?! lmfao give me a break.if she was raped,molested,or strip searched by men then you could throw around the humanity violations.but did he molest and fondle her private areas or even touch them?! no,he patted down her pockets which is totally legal and procedure. like her innocence was stolen and shes damaged for life, come on already.and what does the 1600’s and what you’re talking about have anything to do with a male officer legally patting down a females pockets after she was caught speeding without a license and detained for a warrant?! she broke the law and made up a bunch of lies about the situation and turned it into a race a bunch of pity and support but the video shows she is full of shit!! god forbid she or any of her supporters admit it tho. and why oh why does it ALWAYS have to be about race??!! if the issue is with a male patting down a female then male officers patting down females should be addressed,not male officers patting down black women.and what else was so horrible?! she shiuldn’t have been arrested or cuffed over an ARREST WARRANT bc it was minor and she shouldn’t have been cuffed to a table which is their procedure?!?!? come the fuck on she sounds worse than a rich white person. but if the issue is how officers should deal with minor traffic ticket arrest warrants then address that,not how officers treat people with minor traffic ticket arrest warrants who are black.bc people of all races will be detained for a warrant and women of all races are patted down by male officers.these things happen to all races but the 1s that get the most attention are cases like this when the race card is being thrown around. so quick to play the race card when race has absolutely nothing to do it with it and all you’re doing is adding to race problems already out there by adding fuel to the fire over nothing.yes,racism exists and it’s horrible what people say and do to each other,but when race isn’t the issue but is made out to be like in this case then it just adds to the problem and makes it worse

    • Will on February 24, 2016 at 1:51 am

      It’s called a patdown and there is no rule or policy about sex it’s not a strip search…

      “humanity voilated?” you mean treated EXACTLY like every other person would be in this exact scenario? Did you even watch the video. This woman crying wolf hurts the black community and truly devalues your own cause.

  3. Scott in AZ on February 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

    SHE IS BUSTED!!! The cop was nothing but professional. Here is the viral PROOF that she lied about the cop:

  4. Don P on February 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Seriously, Watch this video – these police officers could not have been friendlier or more polite to her if they tried. As for “patting her down” he was searching the contents of her pockets before placing her in the car, and there WAS a female officer in attendance. This was not “frisking” or a “strip search” but a simple pat down – which is TOTALLY legal for the arresting officer to do.

  5. two_gunz_45ACP on February 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This country bama was wrong, she takes no personal responsibility for her actions going as far to say she didn’t do anything wrong.

  6. Been Around on February 13, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I am afraid I cannot see where the officer did anything except be extremely polite and courteous. They followed procedure.

    In my opinion this is a perfect example of someone who gets caught violating several laws (speeding, suspended license, and unpaid parking tickets), is forced to deal with real world consequences and then claims that the whole situation was a result of her blackness (race). Please!

    This insults the intelligence of anyone with the least amount of it. Look in the mirror, lady. Who got their license suspended and drove 22 MPH over the speed limit? No one but your privileged self.

  7. Weneedtermlimits on February 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Fire her lying ass she should be charged with slander this could have cost two very professionally acting officers their carreer and the city huge legal fees and image damage!!

  8. RjD on February 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    All this comes to an end once Obama is gone. People will once again be able to blame blacks for the crimes they commit.

    • guest on February 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Since when have they ever not “blamed” them? Whether innocent or guilty.

      • RjD on February 25, 2016 at 2:42 pm

        Since Obama started stopping the media and police from blaming them.

  9. MileHigh on February 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Watch the video and see how much of a blatant liar she is. Factor in the fact that she has been a criminal on the run for years. It should all add up to her dismissal from her job.

  10. dvrmte on February 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t believe she had any pockets in her pants. She’s a liar, pure and simple. She needs to loose her job that she isn’t fit for. She believes in Critical Race Theory, the absurd theory of our time. She tried to ruin a good (white) cops reputation. She should pay him.

  11. Carl Hawkins on February 14, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Too bad for the professor every single thing she said was a lie and now she’s sweating bullets hoping she doesn’t get fired or charged with making false accusations to the public and slandering the officers:

  12. Gio Gio on February 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry for your Experience. But how does a Princeton professor NOT pay outstanding tickets!!?? We also need to set our PRIORITIES straight!!

  13. guest on February 16, 2016 at 9:12 am

    We are not above the law but we should be treated with Dignity Care Respect and Equality. If law keepers disregard common decency which are habitual for the people they serve such as the protection afforded to women and children. We should question the motives and psychology particularly of those people who chose to become professional killers. To prevent the erosion of a peaceful and caring society.

  14. Danny Wilde on February 18, 2016 at 8:44 am

    seen the video the police were more than polite. like you don’t pay your ticket then speed without a license and try and turn it into a race issue bc you got caught. so sad and pathetic really coming from a “Princeton professor”. omg they cuffed me to a table sooooooooooooo racist!! you were UNDER ARREST!!! why didn’t you complain to the cop when he was patting you down or ask the woman to do it instead?!?!? he checked your pockets and is ALLOWED to do a pat down and he didn’t rub on your privates like come on get over yourself. the cold cuffs on my arthritic writs!! lmfao really?!?!? you look late 20s early 30s but ok and pay your fines and don’t speed without a license if you dont want to be caught. using all this support bc of your position and it’s all non-sense and you have all these people backing you up over nothing it’s disgusting!! turning absolutely nothing into a race issue just bc you got caught and arrested and just adding fuel to the race issue fire just bc you’re black and can play that card.all it’s doing is making the race issue worse not addressing any issues bc there are non in your case.sad just sad it really is. really hope the people defending you realize they’re wrong and see the video and know that you’re a lying attention seeker looking for pity using the race card.imagine the rage if somebody got picked up on a ticket warrant and snapped at the station and killed one of her family members i bet their 1st question would be why wasn’t he cuffed to a table lmao

  15. Will on February 24, 2016 at 1:49 am

    So what exactly is so terrible about this? it’s a routine arrest and this woman crying wolf really hurts the black community. BTW if you disagree watch the video, which seems to be a hard thing to do now adays before making comments.

    • guest on February 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Yes this is counterproductive. Plenty of real racism out there to go around!

  16. Mike on April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    She is a liar. I saw the dashcam footage. Seems like most of the politically active black community exaggerates, lies, and distorts the truth.

  17. Katherine McChesney on April 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Another whiny garden variety ghetto hood rat plays the victim card. LYING moron.

    Furthermore, she’s an affirmative action teacher.

  18. disqusted on April 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    She should lose her job for blowing this thing so far out of proportion. AFAM studies? She should pay the students for wasting their time.

  19. Jason on August 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Mo Betta? Is this guy 12 years old? Anyway this was such a non event and the officer followed protocol to the letter. An initial pat down removes the possibility of a weapon being used.

    This woman is a cry baby. She got EQUAL treatment, period.

    Man, these whiny academics are pathetic.