A Black man with dreadlocks man was sharing a meal with his family in a shopping mall Saturday when Virginia Beach police walked up to him and handcuffed him without telling him why.
The cops led him outside to a parking lot of the Lynnhaven Mall, detaining him for several minutes, still refusing to tell him why they had handcuffed him.
It was only after the same cops arrested another Black man with dreadlocks that they removed the handcuffs, allowing him to be on his way with a weak apology.
“We got a description somebody was using stolen credit cards,” a cop told the man’s wife who posted the video to her Facebook page where she goes by Kiara Love.
“That person is a Black man with dreads and was wearing all black and was with a boy that was wearing red,” the cop explained. “I completely apologize. It was a complete misunderstanding.”
But for Black Americans, it was just another case of racial profiling which could have easily led to another innocent Black man shot and killed by police.
“That’s why we say, ‘Black Lives Matter,'” said the man who has only been identified as “Jehmel” at this time. “Look how you treat us in front of people. Black Lives Matter. That’s why we fight.”
The cops in the video were not wearing facial masks when they first handcuffed Jehmel even though last month Governor Ralph Northam issued an order that everybody over the age of five must wear a mask while inside public places of business.
Watch the shortened video below or the full video here.