Black Airbnb guests questioned by police serve notice to sue


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Black Airbnb guests questioned by police serve notice to sue
Associated Press
Published:
May 7, 2018
Updated:
May 7, 2018 6:48 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES — Three black people are planning to sue a Southern California police department over what they say was an excessive response to a racially motivated 911 call, but police say their officers’ response was polite, brief and nothing out of the ordinary.
The Rialto Police Department said Monday that it had received notice of legal action by the three, who were leaving an Airbnb rental with their luggage when a neighbour called police on April 30 to report a burglary in progress.
The encounter is the latest example of friction between law enforcement and minorities. Last month, two black men in Philadelphia were arrested after a Starbucks employee called police because they hadn’t bought anything.
One of the Airbnb renters, Kells Fyffe-Marshall, wrote on social media that they were “surrounded” by seven police cars and told to put up their hands. Police said a helicopter was tracking them.
“You want to laugh about this but it’s not funny,” said Fyffe-Marshall in her post, adding that police told her the woman called 911 when they “didn’t wave to her as she looked at us” packing up.
Police said in a news release that officers were polite during the 22-minute interaction. The caller did not recognize the vehicle or the people, police said.
Rialto police Lt. Dean Hardin said it is standard for a helicopter to monitor the scene of a residential burglary in progress, in case someone leaves the house before ground police can get there.
“We didn’t detain anybody, we didn’t put anyone in handcuffs, we didn’t point any weapons at anybody,” he said. “We actually allowed them pretty free movement about the scene, so it’s a pretty mild response to a situation.”
Fyffe-Marshall declined comment, citing legal advice.
Rialto is in San Bernardino County about 50 miles (80 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.
Black Airbnb guests questioned by police serve notice to sue | Toronto Sun
 
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Video shows black Airbnb guests, cops joking about burglary call
Associated Press
Published:
May 8, 2018
Updated:
May 8, 2018 8:18 PM EDT
Donisha Prendergast, the granddaughter of Bob Marley, is seen on video talking to police after a possible burglary call on April 30. (Facebook)
LOS ANGELES — New video shows officers joking with three black people considering suing over what they say was an excessive response to a racially motivated 911 call in Southern California.
The body camera footage released by the Rialto Police Department Tuesday shows a laid-back and at times light-hearted interaction between officers and the group they had pulled over, which included the granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley.
The group had been checking out of their Airbnb rental with their luggage when a neighbour called police on April 30 reporting a possible burglary.
Filmmaker Kells Fyffe-Marshall wrote on Facebook that they were “surrounded” by seven police cars and told to put their hands in the air. She nor her lawyer responded to requests for comment Tuesday.
Rialto police Chief Mark Kling says the department has been unfairly accused of racism.
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Video shows black Airbnb guests, cops joking about burglary call | Toronto Sun
 
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