A Michigan man who was minding his own business walking into a restaurant has been stopped by police for "looking suspiciously" at a white woman.
The moment was captured in a Facebook Live video, which has since gone viral. In the video, captured by Kimiko Adolph, several police vehicles and officers can be seen questioning 20-year-old Devin Meyers and refusing to let him go.
In the video, Adolph can be heard saying:
He has been pulled over walking to go to eat for suspicion of being 'black' and looking at the Caucasian woman.
They got him surrounded. So I’m not going to leave the brother out here.
Speaking to the Daily Dot, Adolph said:
I have three black sons, and he was by himself, surrounded for no reason.
Nobody was filming, and I knew I had to.
In the video, Meyers can be heard explaining to police officers that he was on his way to meet his girlfriend at the cafe, when they stopped him based on a report that said he looked 'suspicious'. He can also be heard saying that he thinks that officers would have let him go if he'd been white, reports the Daily Dot.
In the video, one of the officers can be heard saying:
So if someone calls about someone, we’re not supposed to respond?
In response, Meyers said:
I’m pretty sure if she would’ve done the same thing, you would’ve let her go 10 minutes ago.
Meyers was then questioned for 30 minutes before officers finally let him go. On social media, people denounced the actions of the officers, with one Twitter user writing:
4 Royal Oak Michigan Police officers pull up on a 20 year old black man after a white woman calls and says he was looking at her.
WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL
THIS IS OUTRAGOUS
Royal Oak Police Department have not yet identified any of the officers involved in the stop, reports News Maven.
The Inn Season Cafe received a comment praising the owner's actions advocating for Meyers. In the comment, Fox 2 reports they said:
We have been fighting for love and compassion for 38 years and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon.
HT Daily Dot