Just in case you’d like to know if relations between police and black communities have changed any after the national eruption of protests against police violence, it hasn’t.
Brandon McKenzie lives in Pontiac, Michigan where it happens to be rather cold right now.
McKenzie, out for a walk on a cold Michigan day, was stopped by a cop after a caller reported that he looked suspicious because he had his hands in his pockets.
The video McKenzie shot of the incident has kind of gone viral.
“You were walking by, you were making people nervous,” he said after the detained man asked him what was so suspicious about having his hands in his pocket in freezing temperatures.
“Wow, walking by, having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it’s snowing outside?” the man asks. “There’s 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets, so how many—”
“You’re right,” the cop replies. “But we do have a lot of robberies, so just checking on you. You’re fine, you’re good.”
A polite but angry McKenzie hit the nail on the head in his response to the officer, noting that the crazy part isn’t a cop responding to a 911 call, it that a man (and McKenzie is a black man) walking with his hands in his pockets in the dead of winter looked “suspicious” to someone.