Police Called On Innocent Black Group Leaving AirBnb
A group using AirBnb while visiting in California experienced a nightmarish run in with police while leaving the property and caught it all on camera. When they tried to pack up their car with luggage, police cars swarmed and they were notified that a helicopter was also tracking their moves…in case they wanted to get away? The crime they had apparently committed was not waving at a White lady neighbor to the property.
Yes. A White woman called police and said that the group was burglarizing the Rialto, California property and they were supposed escaping with luggage. She “knew” they were burglars because they did stop and wave at her. Upon arriving, police were skeptical, saying they had no idea was AirBnb was and demanded the group prove they weren’t criminals.
Donisha Prendergas, the grand-daughter of Bob Marley was one of the Black people disgustingly accosted by police in the incident and she details the entire ordeal on IG. Take a look:
Be Love. So much things to say right now…. Got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood. Smh. I’m sad and irritated to see that fear is still the first place police officers go in their pursuit to serve and protect, to the point that protocol supersedes their ability to have discernment. Many have suffered and died in moments like these. That’s a crazy reality check. Give Thanks for life, and the ability to stand our ground. We are stronger together. Use your voice collectively. #unafraid #mightcannotdefeatright #wewillrizetogether #buildcomeunity #strongertogether #useyourvoice #eachoneteach We have a right to be right. @iamdonisha @directedbykells @ahutchphoto @komiolaf
According to the NYT, the Rialto Police Department denied the run in as serious. They said in a statement that the group was questioned for 22 minutes and that officers had not used restraints on them. The officers learned they were Airbnb guests “through reasonable inquiry,” and they were “immediately released without incident,” the police said.