Police swarmed a family car Sunday night, handcuffed the parents, and pulled guns on their children before realizing the family lived in the house a neighbor thought was being robbed.
“I totally think they racially profiled me,” said the black father, Kelvin Fairley, according to The Sun Herald. “They never would even tell me why they stopped me. From the moment they pulled us over, there were six to seven police cars. They immediately had their guns drawn.”
Officers ordered Fairley to get out of the car with his hands up. Farley said he kept asking why they had pulled him over, but officers refused to answer the simple question that would have made the situation much easier to remedy.
“They wouldn’t tell me what it was about and they held guns on us, even on the kids. And they told us to shut the f*** up. Why would you hold a gun on kids, drag them out of a car and talk to them like that?”
Their 16- and 12-year-old sons, 9-year-old daughter and 12-year-old nephew were with them. Fairley said he was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car. His wife, psychologist Natasha Krikorkian, also was handcuffed, he said.
Not long after the incident, the couple went to the police department to report te terrible treatment. They were told to fill out a form, but they insisted on speaking to someone.
Fairley’s sister videotaped the exchange with a police department employee who identified himself as Officer Wilder.
Fairley tries to explain the situation to the officer, who only wants to defend what the police did.
“Obviously, you don’t understand our business, OK?” Wilder said.
“Your business is to protect us, right?” Fairley asked.
Wilder continued, “Our business is, We don’t know who –”
“To protect us, right?” Fairley asked.
“Oh, Jesus, really?” Wilder said. Wilder explained that police must first determine whether an individual will do them harm before they get the rest of the facts, the video shows.
Wilder soon told Fairley, “Well, obviously, our conversation is not going anywhere. There’s the form. Fill it out.”
Fairley said he plans to contact an attorney after the way police refused to even listen to his complaints about their inappropriate actions.
“Last night, I would have been OK with an apology,” he said, “but after what happened at the police department, that’s it. My kids are totally distraught.”
“They literally cried themselves to sleep last night. That’s something nobody should go through.”
“I worked too hard and put myself through school to protect my family so they wouldn’t have to be in situations like that. To be treated like that by people who are paid to protect and serve, that’s ridiculous.”
Police are allegedly investigating the incident.
(Article By James Carter)