Dorian Johnson, 26, was held at gunpoint by police officers in California after being racially profiled by a T-Mobile employee who falsely accused him of burglary, reported the FresnoBee.
His uncle, Vincent Lemar captured a video showing him laying on the sidewalk with his arms spread out. Johnson can be seen crawling as police point a gun towards him.
“All I saw was guns pointed at my babies’ daddy, and he was on the ground. I didn’t know if they had already shot him,” his girlfriend Gloria Bush said. “I said, ‘Tell me what’s going on. I know he’s a good man. I know he wasn’t here with bad intentions.”
While Johnson is on the sidewalk crawling, he can be heard talking to Bush. “Calm down babe, let them do what they gotta do.”
The video then shows the officer asking the men questions.
“What are you guys doing in there?” one officer asks.
“Just trying to get a new phone,” Vincent replies.
Officers detained Johnson and Vincent but no arrest was made when it turned out they had been falsely accused. Johnson and Vincent told police they had no intentions of stealing.
“I don’t see what made them call, and what would have given them the suspicion they were going to get robbed. We weren’t up to anything,” Johnson said. “It’s just crazy. I don’t understand. Nobody hasn’t once come and apologized for what happened.”
Acting Fresno Deputy Police Chief Dennis Bridges said they officers were responding to a 911 call, but the store had provided little information.
“The officers were going into it with limited information,” Bridges said. “It would be like how they would respond if a robbery alarm button was pushed and when they called the business back, they didn’t get an answer. They could assume they didn’t answer because they were being robbed.”
Johnson said the situation reminded him of stories of black people having the police called on them for no reason.
“I was just watching videos about that stuff the other day. To be in the same situation myself, it just scared me,” Johnson said. “Every time I think about it I get teary-eyed. It was the day before my 3-year-old daughter’s birthday.”
The T-Mobile employee referred questions to the company’s corporate office, which did not respond to a request for comment.
Netanyahu cancels UN visit over post-poll ‘political context’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly due to the "political context" in Israel, sources in his office told AFP Wednesday.
Initial results from Tuesday's general election show Netanyahu's Likud party tied with the Blue and White alliance of his main challenger, former army chief Benny Gantz.
According to Israeli media, with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, Netanyahu's right-wing Likud had 31 seats, while Gantz's Blue and White took 32 places in Israel's 120-member parliament.
If the results hold, it will be a major setback for Netanyahu, who hoped to form a right-wing coalition similar to his current administration as he faces possible corruption charges in the weeks ahead.
Whoopi Goldberg drops the hammer on Trump impeachment: ‘We’re a lawless country right now — open your eyes’
"The View" host Whoopi Goldberg urged viewers to open their eyes to President Donald Trump's lawlessness -- and demand accountability.
The show's panelists discussed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, which co-host Abby Huntsman denounced as a "total embarrassment for democracy," and Goldberg said it was even worse than that.
"Even if you start to impeach him, he's there for the next two years," said Goldberg, who was wearing a wig from her upcoming role in Stephen King's "The Stand." "It's going to take that long. Look how long it took to impeach (Bill) Clinton."
Let me take you down: Strawberry Field opens to public
Beatles fans can now take a trip through the childhood sanctuary of John Lennon that inspired the seminal song "Strawberry Fields Forever", with the former children's home opening its doors to the public.
Lennon used to climb over the fence from his aunt's house, where he grew up, and play with other children at the Strawberry Field orphanage.
Its importance in shaping Lennon's personality was laid bare in the classic 1967 psychedelic hit.
Around 60,000 fans flock each year to the site to have their photographs taken outside the famous red gates, but until now have never been allowed beyond.