A disturbing scene in Royal Oak, Michigan on Tuesday captured the moment where officers responded to an emergency call where a Black man was accused of “looking suspiciously” at a white woman, The Daily Dot reports.
A witness named Kimiko Adolph, filmed the incident, which showed police questioning 20-year-old Devin Meyers about the accusations. Adolph told the outlet that she was on her way to CVS when she saw Meyers surrounded by officers and decided to provide another set of eyes.
“He has been pulled over walking to go to eat for suspicion of being Black and looking at the Caucasian woman,” Adolph said during the live recording. “They got him surrounded. So I’m not going to leave the brother out here.”
Adolph told the outlet she stopped to film because the situation weighed on her heart as a mother.
“I have three black sons, and he was by himself, surrounded for no reason,” she said. “Nobody was filming, and I knew I had to.”
In the video Meyers can be heard defending himself as he explains to the officers that he was merely walking to Inn Season Cafe to eat with his girlfriend. According to Adolph, a white woman reportedly put in the call who watched him from her car across the street.
Moments later the restaurant’s manager appears to help advocate for Meyers who was questioned for 30 minutes. According to Pix 11, Meyers received a free meal from the restaurant after the frightening encounter, according to a witness who spoke with the outlet.
The incident triggers the painful history of Black men and women who were falsely accused of sexual misconduct towards white women, harkening back to, and proceeding the tragic case of 14-year-old Emmett Till. And while food nourishes the appetite, we hope Meyers is doing all he can to self-care after this very upsetting occurrence.