Still think there’s no racism in policing? Try telling that to this black man who brilliantly shamed the cop who pulled him over, and then threatened him at the point of a gun.
Last week, Randell Minott got pulled over by a police officer for failing to use his turn signal while making a turn. For a white person, this would result in an annoying delay and traffic ticket. For a black man, a minor moving violation raises the terrifying possibility of getting beaten, thrown in jail, or killed. And sure enough, the cop pulled a gun on him. Luckily, this story doesn’t have a tragic ending. Instead, he turned on his video camera, gave the cop a four-minute schooling on racism in policing, and thankfully lived to tell the tale.
To the cop’s credit, he just stood there, listened, and even occasionally nodded sympathetically instead of launching yet another assault on a black man, and then snatching the camera away. Then again, what else could he do?
On Weds. Randell Minott posted the video with his viral rant to his Instagram with the comment, “I could’ve been a statistic if this ASSHOLE made a mistake and shot me….” On Friday he shared it on his Facebook page with a longer explanation that leads in with a reference to the Seattle Sea Hawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s harrowing account of racial profiling. Randell Minott’s video was shared over 22,000 times on Facebook alone. It later got picked up by World Star Hip Hop, where it got 192, 612 views at the time of this writing.
Why is it we never read in the news about a black police officer shooting a white guy because he was scared? pic.twitter.com/6MGtx0sXr4
— Safer Reefer (@saferreefer) August 31, 2017
Black man schools cop on racism in policing in a brilliant four-minute rant.
He got pulled over for not using his turn signal “with nobody behind me. Big fucking crime, right? Big crime, ” an indignant Randell Minot seethed. “A crime enough for you to come with your f*cking gun pulled out. Right. Right? A turn signal not made is a big enough of a crime for you to feel like you need to take out your service pistol. Right? Right? That’s what’s up.”
“You see,” he explained, “If you just came to the car and did your regular routine, I wouldn’t’ve had no issue.” But, he added, “I TURNED AROUND TO A F*CKING GUN POINTED IN MY FACE!”
Meanwhile, thanks to an astute Twitizen who goes by the handle @Choco_Optimus, the video’s also making the rounds on Twitter.
Cop pulls over a black man for failure to signal, walks to his car with his gun drawn… Black dude is my fucking hero????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/S8ef8Mx4Kk
— SIX_FOOT_5 (@Choco_Optimus) September 10, 2017
The Washington Post began gathering data on the number of fatal shootings by police since the horrifying August 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Unfortunately, things haven’t changed much since then. If you’re a black man, you’re at far greater risk of getting killed by a cop.
In July, they reported, “Police nationwide shot and killed 492 people in the first six months of this year, a number nearly identical to the count for the same period in each of the prior two years.” The Washington Post then adds, “police have continued to shoot and kill a disproportionately large number of black males, who account for nearly a quarter of the deaths, yet are only 6 percent of the nation’s population.”
— Derin Düşünce .Org (@DDGrubu) August 24, 2017
It’s unclear where Randell Minott was when this terrifying encounter occurred. His Facebook profile claims he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal and his reggae music act, Jimmy Spliff/Kingshine Sound, last played to a large crowd at the Baltic Room in Seattle, Wash.
Featured image: Video screen grab, Randell Minot via Facebook.