A video recording has exposed a white father who called police after seeing a black man waiting for a friend at an apartment building in San Francisco accusing him of trespassing.
Wesly Michel recorded and shared on Facebook his encounter with the boy and his father and the video has received more than 1.2 million views.
Interestingly, the young boy resisted his father’s actions on July 4, as he interrogated the man and later called the police on him.
The boy is heard pleading with his father not to call police on Michel, whom the father says is a “trespasser” in his building.
There have been video recordings in the past of police being called to attend to minor cases like taking a phone call in a hotel lobby, waiting for a friend at Starbucks or working out in a gym.
Michel, 35, a software engineer, said he recorded the incident to protect himself and to support his story should police get involved.
“Unfortunately this incident mirrors the experience that African Americans endure daily where we are questioned on whether we belong,” he said.
The incident happened as Michel was waiting on a friend at an apartment building in San Francisco where the man asks him to identify the person he is there to see and to call him on the call box to come get him.
In the video, the boy’s father tells Michel that he is calling the police to report him but his son is heard shouting to him to stop that.
The man calls the police and tells them that Michel is a “trespasser,” who “tailgated” into the building, walking in as he was walking out.
As the man talks to police, his son begins pleading with him to leave and to not call police.
The boy begins to cry as his father describes Michel to police.
Moments later, Michel’s friend comes to pick him up and the boy is heard saying: “Told you. Let’s go now. Daddy, look what you’ve gotten us into. Let’s go!”
“I believe that ultimately everyone wants to be seen for who they are and not prejudged,” he said. “I’m an American, a brother, a son and an ambitious Engineer who loves to code and wants to greatly contribute to the tech world in (San Francisco), a city that I love,” Michel said.