Is Looking At A White Woman A Crime?

August 27, 2019

Devin Myers was minding his own business when a white woman called 9-1-1, alerting the police in Royal Oaks, Michigan that he was looking at her suspiciously. She said his actions were making her uncomfortable and they showed up to promptly question him. 

It was thanks to a bystander recording the incident on Facebook Live that the issue went viral for everyone to see. Myers was humiliated by the police and questioned like he’d done something wrong - all because he was looking for PARKING and waiting for his friend. 

“They got him surrounded, so I’m not gonna leave the brother out here,” said the woman recording. It was clear what was going on, and one of the FOUR officers at the scene made things worse by refusing to listen to Devin. Meanwhile, the caller watched from afar in her car.

The department has now apologized and the entire matter led to an internal investigation. The chief said the officers didn’t handle the situation correctly, saying an officer involved “had no legal right to demand the identification” for what should have been a short encounter. 

As for Devin Myers, we’re glad he made it out of this situation ALIVE. We all know that the police being called on us can end up being a deadly predicament. We’re grateful he’s safe and we hope racist 9-1-1 callers will start facing more consequences for their actions!

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