PRESS RELEASE: Libertarian Candidate For Governor On Trial For Not Being White

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April 24, 2018

Libertarian Candidate For Governor On Trial For Not Being White
Nickolas Wildstar Fighting Back in Court After Being Racially Profiled, Arrested on MLK Day

On Monday January 16th, 2017, people across the United States celebrated the life and achievements of Martin Luther King towards racial equality and tolerance. But for Nickolas Wildstar, that day became a harsh reminder of how far we, as a people, have yet to go to reach these goals. One of several Libertarian candidates for governor of California, he is favored to win the Libertarian Party's endorsement, having gained significant support from supporters not just around the state but nationwide. However on MLK Day he was just a “Male Black 5’10” 150 pounds” who, according to one of the police officers who accosted him, fit the description of a suspect in a nearby robbery – even though he’s 6 foot 4, 200 plus pounds, and was not wearing the clothes described by the police bulletin.

In many ways Wildstar comes across as just the kind of person many Californians might want in a representative, or an employee or boss for that matter. Tall, confident, well spoken and genuinely friendly, with a firm handshake, he is a diligent yet humble worker – his resumé even includes a job where he cleaned toilets – as well as an active volunteer in his community with a solid knowledge of the issues facing California residents. But unlike your typical candidate for governor, he’s black and wears his hair in shoulder-length dreadlocks. And this was apparently enough for Fullerton Police to ignore his achievements and civic engagement, and profile him as just another criminal. Only after they had Nickolas Wildstar in handcuffs did officers want to talk with him, by which point they had the makings of the bogus "resisting arrest" charge against which he now has to defend himself.

As a black man, this isn’t the first time he has been stopped by law enforcement for no apparent reason. Previous detentions have occurred while he was engaged in seemingly normal tasks like getting gas or gathering petition signatures. Upon being stopped by two Fullerton squad cars while walking to work holding his lunch bag and an umbrella, Wildstar did what many citizens have learned to do in police encounters – he pulled out his cell phone and began recording the incident. Given no explanation beyond “fitting the description”, Wildstar insisted on understanding why he was again being suddenly detained. Yet rather than engaging him in conversation to determine whether they in fact had the right man, officers handcuffed and arrested the candidate, whom video clearly shows verbally asserting his compliance and not actively resisting, but evidently angering the police by questioning the legitimacy of their stop. “Look at what’s going on in the media right now, of course I 'fit the description'” Wildstar sarcastically told officers during his arrest.

Jury selection began this week at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, located at 1275 N Berkeley Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, in courtroom N5, under Commissioner Ronald E. Klar. Proceedings are scheduled to continue through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. daily, with lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., and if the trial has not concluded by then, will resume on Monday April 30.

If you're in the area and can attend the trial to support Nickolas in standing up for the rights of all of us when interacting with police, or cover it as a media reporter or via your own social media network, by all means please come out and aid the cause of justice!

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