Here’s another example of the racist assumption that black people are inherently dangerous. We call it the “scary black guy” defense, and it’s used to justify everything from police harassment to outright killing.
In Michigan, a black man was stopped by a cop simply because the black man was walking with his hands in his pockets. Oooooo, scary!
An African-American man, out for a walk on a cold Michigan day, was stopped by police after a caller reported that he looked suspicious because he had his hands in his pockets.
Brandon B. Waxx McKean posted video on his Facebook page showing his encounter with a police officer who briefly detained him on Thanksgiving day while he was out for a stroll.
In the video the officer can be seen radioing in, asking dispatch to close out a contact file, before explaining to McKean that he was stopped because he was “making people nervous.”
“Well, you were making people nervous,” the officer explained as he took out his own cellphone and began filming the encounter.
“By walking by?” McKean asked.
“Yeah they said you had your hands in your pockets,” the officer replied.