Brandon McKean was actually stopped on Thanksgiving Day. His crime? Walking down the street with his hands in his pockets. The cop said he was making people nervous.
BTW, it was 33 degrees in Pontiac Michigan on Thanksgiving Day. And yes, Brandon is black. I went to his Facebook page and checked.
You cannot make this stuff up!
To anyone who says racial profiling is a lie? Here ya go. Enjoy!
According to The Pontiac Tribune:
Police Detain Michigan Man on Thanksgiving for ‘Walking with Hands in Pockets’
As if we needed another example of the madness that is our burgeoning police state to surface this week, a man from Michigan was detained Thursday under suspicion of walking with his hands in his pockets in freezing temperatures. If you weren’t aware that walking with your hands in your pockets is a crime, it’s because it isn’t. But that didn’t stop the officer from detaining the man. The incident occurred at 4:30pm on Thanksgiving day in the city of Pontiac, when Brandon McKean was walking on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, and was detained and questioned by the police officer. The temperature in Pontiac reached a high of 33 degrees on Thanksgiving.
Here's a transcript. You won't believe this crap:
Brandon McKean: (filming) All right, well what?
YES. YES, he actually went there. I'm just...speechless.
Cop: You were walking by.
Brandon McKean: Okay.
Cop: (speaking to dispatch .... unintelligible)
Brandon McKean: Walking by and doing what?
Cop: Well, you were making people nervous.
Brandon McKean: By walking by?
Cop: (takes out camera phone) Yeah, they said you had your hands in your pockets.
Brandon McKean: WOW. Walking by with your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police? When it's snowing outside?
Cop: They did.
Brandon McKean. Okay.
Cop: So are you okay?
Brandon McKean: I'm fine. How 'bout you?
Cop: I'm good.
Brandon McKean: All right.
Cop: What are you up to today?
Brandon McKean: Walking with my hands in my pockets. Walking.
Cop: Is that an inconvenience to talk to me right now?
Brandon McKean: Hell yeah, just because of the whole police situation going on across the country. This is outrageous that you would let somebody tell you, 'Oh, there's somebody walking down the street with their hands in their pockets.' There's 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets, so how many--"
Cop: You're right, but we do have a lot of robberies, so..."
You wonder why minorities are angry? This is why. It's called fatigue. It wears on the mind, body, and soul. A man can't even walk down the street WITH HIS HANDS IN HIS POCKETS in freezing weather.
This is the kind of nonsense that could have ended with another black man dead because situations like this can escalate. God only knows what would have happened if his backup had arrived.
This has to stop!