New York Times Best-Selling Author Tomi Adeyemi Shares Frightening Police Encounter On Twitter
Maybe you’ve heard of Tomi Adeyemi. She is The New York Times best-selling author of “Children of Blood and Bone,” a young adult fantasy that takes us on the journey of a female maji fighting against a prince hell-bent on eradicating magic forever.
If that doesn’t ring a bell, then maybe the seven-figure deal she secured from Fox 2000 Pictures to develop the first installment of the fantasy novel trilogy does. And she also kind of fangirled when Michael “Bae” Jordan slid in her DMs to congratulate her (who wouldn’t have reacted in the same way?).
Well, the young Nigerian-American author took to Twitter to share a very real and frightening encounter she had with the police yesterday.
While at home, four white male police officers showed up at her doorstep asking to speak to someone at the house. When Adeyemi asked to see a warrant, one of the officers became hostile and threatened vandalism.
Although the officer denied making, what Adeyemi says were two threats, she made sure to record the incident (but she did not share it online). She attempted to explain why their presence as four white male officers would alarm a Black woman in this current climate. One of the officers had the audacity to say, “This isn’t about race.”
And that made her burst into tears.
Despite the message falling on deaf ears, Adeyemi continued to lean on hope that the officers would get it. But after another lesson, the cops came to their own conclusion about the alarming rate of police shootings killing people of color, and topped it off with a joke.
“I wish the public would stop focusing on the negative. It’s such a small percentage of the police force. I get discriminated against all the time,” the most problematic officer in question allegedly said.
Adeyemi clarified that she is OK and that the officers did not escalate the situation any further, but as someone who just experienced a hostile confrontation with law enforcement, she felt the need to add to the awareness already happening.
“…THIS is what is happening every single day. to men. to women. CHILDREN. #ThisIsAmerica.”
She has not stated whether she filed a complaint against the officers, but she has every right to.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford