– A US man took a video showing alleged police harassment – He said the police officers assumed he could not be the owner of a car he was sitting on because he’s black – The video has gone viral A man in New York, US took a video showing alleged police harassment. In the video, the man claims that the police officers asked him to “get off the car,” assuming that he could not own it because he’s black. The unidentified man repeatedly said: “Black man with a BMW, wassup!”<iframe src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmediatakeout%2Fvideos%2F1735252409840032%2F&show_text=0&width=225″ width=”225″ height=”400″ style=”border:none;overflow:hidden” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” allowFullScreen=”true”></iframe>
The video was shared on the Facebook page Mediatakeout with the caption: “DISRESPECTFUL NYC Police Officers Threaten To ARREST A Man . . . For Sitting On His OWN CAR . . . This Is Crazy!! (‘You’re BLACK . . . How Can You Afford A BMW’).” It went viral, garnering more than 389,000 views, 6,000 reactions and and 1,600 comments.
The man’s video drew mixed reactions from commenters. While some felt that the police officers were just doing their job, others said the man was justified in feeling aggrieved because it was his own car he was sitting on. Terry Bartley said: “I understand where the police is coming from…… let them do their jobs…… Stop bringing attention to yourself.”
Briona McIver wrote: “It’s ignorant for them to automatically assume that he was on someone’s car instead of his own. I would have made a scene too.” Watch a related video below.
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