Shocking video has emerged showing a black man being made to crawl out of a T-Mobile store while a police officer threatens him at gunpoint.
Dorian Johnson, 26, is seen in the video lying face down on the pavement as he was following orders from a Fresno, California police officer.
Johnson is seen using just his fingers and feet to crawl on the sidewalk.
His girlfriend, Gloria Bush, is heard screaming from the parking lot.
The video was posted to Facebook on June 27 by Johnson’s uncle, Vincent Lemar, who said that the incident took place the day before.
Levell Johnson asked his nephew for a ride to the store so that he could purchase the latest iPhone, according to Fresno Bee.
Bush said she dropped off her boyfriend and his uncle at the store just before noon and went to buy donuts and chocolate milk for the couple’s two children.
When she returned to the store, she was shocked by what she saw.
‘All I saw was guns pointed at my babies’ daddy, and he was on the ground,’ she said.
‘I didn’t know if they had already shot him.
‘I said, “Tell me what’s going on. I know he’s a good man. I know he wasn’t here with bad intentions”.’
Vincent Lemar and his nephew accuse employees at the T-Mobile store for racially profiling them.
The officers were called to the area by the shopping center’s security company who claimed there was a robbery in progress at the store.
In the video, Dorian Johnson is heard telling Bush: ‘Calm down babe, let them do what they gotta do.’
The officer is heard telling Johnson: ‘Keep coming.’
Although the video cuts out after police order Lemar to come out of the store with his hands up, the audio is still on.
One officer is heard asking Johnson if he has a gun on him. Johnson says he doesn’t.
‘What are you guys doing in there?’ one officer asks.
‘Just trying to get a new phone,’ Lemar replies.
Bush is then told by the officers to stay back.
‘Wait a second and we’ll explain, OK,’ the officer says.
‘We got called here, OK, we didn’t just randomly show up here.’
Although the officers detained the two men, they were not arrested.
Johnson and Lemar told the officers they had no plans to rob anyone.
Johnson told the officers that he was wearing his work ID badge around his neck, which means it would be easier for people to identify him, making him an unlikely candidate to commit a robbery.
Lemar said he had given the store his ID because he wanted to get a credit check in order to give a down payment for a new phone.
Both men said they victims of racial profiling.
Click here to read more.
Source: Daily Mail