It’s been a rough couple of weeks for police here in the states. Thankfully this time no one was injured or shot.
On Friday, Charles Belk, an African-American film and television producer was on his way to an Emmy’s pre-party in Beverly Hills, when he was pulled over for what I like to call DWB (Driving While Black). Beverly Hills Officers had mistakenly detained Belk for six hours claiming he ‘fit the description’ of an African-American bank robber.
The furious Harvard graduate, was booked for $100,000 bail and had this to say on his personal Facebook account: ‘I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Indiana University… and an executive leadership certificate from Harvard Business School’.
This follows the trend in recent weeks of racial tension between the African-American community and police, including the police choke-hold death of Eric Garner in New York City and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
After his release, the Beverly Hills PD released a statement saying:
‘The Beverly Hills Police Department regrets the inconvenience to Mr. Belk, but was under obligation to thoroughly verify that he was not the suspect before releasing him”.
Something’s got to give. This summer has seen three questionable race-related incidents involving police. Time has come for a change.