Just another day in the life of a black man in America: A black film producer, Charles Belk, was handcuffed and detained for six hours before LA cops realized they had the wrong man.
Belk posted the picture on Facebook saying that he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and was walking alone to his car, which was parked on La Cienega Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m. to check the parking meter, when some cops surrounded him and told him to sit on the curb.
Charles Belk said in a statement, “Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, fingerprinted and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.”
“What I don’t get … is why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the ‘tall, bald-headed, black male’ … did not fit MY description,” according to Belk’s statement.
People wonder why black males are so uneasy walking the streets of America — this is a prime example of racial profiling. Shameful.
Here’s Charles Belk’s Facebook post: