November 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm #3887
It may be freezing in Pontiac, Michigan, but if you’re a black man out for a walk it’s probably best to keep your hands out of your pockets. Or else risk getting stopped by the police because your actions make people nervous. Brandon McKean posted a difficult-to-believe video on his Facebook page and YouTube that shows his interaction with a white police officer who briefly detained him on Thanksgiving while he was out for a walk.
“You were walking by … you were making people nervous,” the white police officer answers when McKean asks him why he was stopped.
“By walking by?” an incredulous McKean asks.
“Yes, they said you had your hands in your pockets,” answers the officer, who also begins to record the encounter with his phone.
“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police when it’s snowing outside?”
“Yeah,” the officer says calmly.
Then the officer keeps going, as if he’s still suspicious of something: “What are you up to today?” McKean is clearly fed up: “Walking, with my hands in my pockets.” Then the officer wonders: “Is it an inconvenience talking to me right now?”
“Hell yes,” answers McKean, noting “the whole police situation going on across the country.” But the officer defends his actions: “We do have a lot of robberies, so I’m just checking on you.”
“Just got stopped Walking BECAUSE MY HANDS WERE IN MY POCKETS……. POLICE STATE,” McKean wrote on Facebook.November 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm #3895
Way too many people are suffering from fear and ignorance.December 1, 2014 at 8:18 am #3908
It would have been good to see the context.
Someone called the police on me once. I was young and in my old van with the motor running waiting for the bank to open. I was wearing a knit hat. I and the situation must have seemed suspicious, as if I were the get away guy for a planned robbery.
A cop showed up and asked me some questions and then I was good to go. I wasn’t defensive even though I was “profiled” probably because of my beat up vehicle. It was a little embarrassing, but the cop was just doing his job.
We don’t know the entire story behind that video. A text without a context is a pretext.December 1, 2014 at 11:31 am #3924
The story is, black people make white people “nervous”.December 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm #3933
There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.
Black people make Jesse Jackson nervous.
Regarding that video, it’s suspicious that the confronted man references the national news. It could be that he was setting up this confrontation.December 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm #3936
It looked to me like he was filming the cop because the cops can’t be trusted.
As for being set up? Hardly. Just another example of a cop on a fishing expedition.
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