MANHATTAN, NEW YORK — Police were called to respond at a potential “burglary in progress,” only to find a Black tenant moving into the building — a former White House staffer, at that.
NOTE: Was there a meeting or something we don’t know about? Like, was there a Klan memo sent out to all the biased masses with directives to “call the cops no matter what”? What’s really going on here in America?
According to PIX 11 – New York, Bronx native Darren Martin spent several years working with the Obama administration on Capitol Hill as well as in the White House.
Now, having ended his time in Washington, D.C., Martin made the move back to New York. He already has a job with the city, and he found an apartment unit in a 5-story on the Upper West Side.
On Friday, April 27, Martin got an unexpected visit from the NYPD, the source reports.
“I’m in my apartment but you know – you can’t go nowhere without the cops following me,” Martin said while live-streaming during the encounter via Instagram.
Well, as it turned out, someone called 911 to report a “burglary in progress.” You don’t even have to guess who was the suspect.
The source quotes Martin as follows.
“Somebody called the cops on me in my own building. About how many are y’all? About six of y’all showed up, rolled up on me.”
According to PIX 11, Martin’s work schedule is extra tight. So, the only time he could move into the building was when he was off.
“I didn’t really think anyone was going to call the cops on me because I mean – I was moving into the building.”
Martin shared his video via Facebook and Twitter, and one of the responding officers cranks the volume on a 2-way radio where a dispatcher could be heard describing the call.
“Somebody was trying to break in the door” with a “possible weapon,” according to the dispatcher. The operator described the weapon as a “large tool.”
And, as any reasonable person would conclude, the investigation later determined there was nothing criminal about Martin’s activity.
Martin rightfully says his skin color along with the gentrifying neighborhood on 106th Street were obvious factors that led to police being called. Because…what other reason would it have been, honestly?
“As a Black man when you’re in an all-white environment, you’re cognizant of that. I have to say I found it kinda symbolic. [It’s] like welcome to the neighborhood.”
Reportedly, Martin hopes the incident serves as a “teaching moment” for the neighbor who called police.
NOTE: However, realistically, the neighbor probably learned nothing at all from the situation.
With all the senseless cop calls happening around the United States, his neighbor quite possibly called authorities on purpose and with another motive in mind, altogether.
Nevertheless, Martin mentions as follows regarding the incident’s proposed lesson.
“The broader message to everyone is get to know folks before you make these assumptions. When you make that call there’s no turning back and it could have ended very differently.”
According to PIX 11, the source tried to call to Pine Management – the company which manages the building. Yet, no one has yet returned their attempts.
Although, good luck, Martin. The source says he is locked in with a one-year lease at the building and plans to ride it out.
Yet, all in all, we’d love to know your thoughts about this particular situation. How would you have handled it, if you knew one of your neighbors had called authorities on you — suspecting you were a burglar even though you live there?
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