While leaving their Airbnb, three Black women were surrounded by multiple cop cars and a helicopter after cops received a report from a neighbor who believed that the women were stealing according to Reason.
Kells Fyffe-Marshall, one of the women staying in the Airbnb recorded the entire ordeal and posted it to Facebook. Several police cars can be seen surrounding a black SUV and shutting down the street.
“The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air,” wrote Fyffe-Marshall. “They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us. They locked down the neighborhood and had us standing in the street.”
In the video an officer can be heard saying they received reports of, “three black people stealing stuff. Like breaking into the house and stealing stuff.”
The women explained to the cops that they were taking their luggage from the house to which an officer replied, “That’s possible, but you never know.”
In the 45 minutes that it took to get officers to understand the situation, the women were being accused of lying and said they’ve never heard of Airbnb. The women showed officers confirmation emails and even had the owner of the house on the phone to confirm that they were staying there as guest. Even so, the women were detained for a “felony charge.”
Frustrated, Fyffe-Marshall wrote, “We have been dealing with different emotions and you want to laugh about this but it’s not funny. The trauma is real. I’ve been angry, frustrated and sad. This is insanity.”
Fyffe-Marshall is calling this a case of racial profiling and explained that if it were a group of white women people wouldn’t look twice at them.
Racial profiling and discrimination can definitely be taken into account in a situation like this. And the fact that the street was shut down, multiple cop cars were called and a helicopter was too much.
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