A black pedestrian was stopped by police. A bystander recorded his ‘humiliating’ arrest.
The woman stopped her car in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Edina, one of Minnesota’s wealthiest suburbs.
Just moments before, she had passed a black man who had been walking on the shoulder of the street, seemingly to avoid construction along the sidewalk.
After passing the man, the woman noticed an unmarked police car behind her activate its lights. The vehicle pulled in front of the pedestrian and cut him off; a plainclothes officer emerged and accused the man of walking in the middle of the road.
The allegation shocked her, the woman later said, and as she witnessed the officer take the man by the back of his jacket, she sensed she needed to do something.
So she left her car and began recording.
“[I] was watching something that I didn’t think was very fair,” the woman, identified by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as Janet Rowles, told the newspaper. “I’m not against the police. I was against what he was doing.” [Read more]