*White people around the country continue to feel some sort of way about black people simply living their lives FREELY— whether we are playing golf, working out, attending church service or chilling inside a coffee house —they remained pressed to call the cops on us.
A woman named Kells Fyffe-Marshall posted on her Facebook page last week that she and two other friends were leaving their rental when they were met with seven police cars and a helicopter.
It all went down after an incensed neighbor found herself suffering from white fragility and called the cops because the filmmakers didn’t “wave to her” (she didn’t know) and also because she found it suspicious that three black people were taking luggage out of a home… so naturally she assumed they’re robbing the spot.
Check out the news report via the video above and scroll down to peep the clip below.
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Fyffe-Marshall said the humiliating confrontation quickly escalated after a “sergeant” arrived and “insisted that [they] were lying,” making them prove that they were lawfully in the right because the cops had never heard of Airbnb.
As reported by The Root, the filmmakers had to call the guy who owned the place and he confirmed that the three black travelers were legitimate renters. However, they were still detained because the matter involved a “felony charge.”
Here is Fyffe-Marshall’s entire (unedited) account:
During our time in Cali we have been staying at an Airbnb. The 30th was our second morning and at about 11am we checked out. The four of us packed our bags, locked up the house and left. As you can see 3 of us were Black. About 10 seconds later we were surrounded by 7 cop cars. The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air. They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us. They locked down the neighborhood and had us standing in the street. Why? A neighbour across the street saw 3 black people packing luggage into their car and assumed we were stealing from the house. She then called the police.
At first we joked about the misunderstanding and took photos and videos along the way.
About 20 minutes into this misunderstanding it escalated almost instantly. Their Sergeant arrived… he explained they didn’t know what Airbnb was. He insisted that we were lying about it and said we had to prove it. We showed them the booking confirmations and phoned the landlord… because they didn’t know what she looked like on the other end to confirm it was her.. they detained us – because they were investigating a felony charge – for 45 minutes while they figured it out. He made me show my ID and made it clear I was being tagged.
We have been dealing with different emotions and you want to laugh about this but it’s not funny. The trauma is real. I’ve been angry, fustrated and sad. This is insanity.
The cops admit that the woman’s reason for calling the police was because we didn’t WAVE to her as she looked at us putting our luggage into our car from her lawn.
But they pulled over three filmmakers! We documented it all!!!!! #wedidntwave#arighttoberight #racialprofiling #privilege#rightourstories #therevolution#whenyoupulloverfilmmakers @shaunking@amandaseales @iamdonisha @komiolaf @ahutchphoto
The woman at the center of this ordeal also posted the same video to Instagram, and it seems like every news outlet across America is leaving comments wanting to interview her about the incident.