Amazing Moment Several Drivers Pull Over To Make Sure Black Woman Stopped By Cops Is Safe In Viral Video
On 3rd July 2021
Another day another police incident reported in the US. However, one pleasant surprise this time is that people around the incident decided to not only film from far but also move close and ensure that the incident turns into nothing tragic and that the young woman surrounded by the police is safe. Watch the viral video and let it restore your heart in humanity!
The past year has proven to be a turbulent time for the world especially America. This has been in case of pandemic too but also in terms of the rise of the black lives matter movement after the murder of George Floyd in broad daylight sparked nationwide protests.
Since then, not only multiple cases have been reported but social media and the general public have become more vigilant against police violence and more and more people are now raising their violence committed by the police against black people.
One such reported event captured on video which has gone viral on TikTok shows multiple cars pulling up and people steeping out on the side of a busy highway to film a young Black woman is safe during a traffic stop with the police. Many people pulled over to make sure the police knew citizens are watching.
The video is captured by @sheniweird after she pulled over about 100 to 200 feet beyond the two police cars where the young woman was pulled over. The video shows police approaching the young man as she is sitting on the ground on the shoulder of the highway, back against the guardrail.
The woman uploaded the video with a voice-over to describe the happening of the incident.
They pulled over a dark sedan near the CIBC Place building in Brentwood near St. Louis, Missouri.
"When I see a young African American woman screaming for help."
"And it's 3 to 4 White Police with guns drawn on her, and she's unarmed."
"You damn right I'm showing up and showing out until I find out what it's all about."
Multiple people have pulled over at this point.
People getting out of their cars to see what's going on.
Sheni began backing up to get a better look and said:
"You damn right I'm showing up and showing out."
In the video, another person is seen stepping out of the car that was pulled over, and everyone had their cameras out.
"We need answers every time. She deserves the same respect homegrown terrorists got."
"You're not just gone shoot her over a traffic violation. Not today."
In the same video, another man is seen stepping out from the vehicle and being pushed against the car by a Missouri police officer, however, it is unclear from the video what department the police are from.
This bizarre incident shows another police car showed up, totaling five police officers for one Black woman.
The video said:
"When I pulled over, everyone pulled over."
As the event continues, one man in a Subaru parked closer to the encounter gave a thumbs-up as Sheni walked towards the scene to investigate, ensuring that the woman and man pulled over were going to be safe.
The video was captioned:
"We have to start policing the police until things start making sense."
"In today's world, it's still unfair so here go!"
People were left not only surprised but also pleasantly happy too. Many people expressed their happiness over how the public is finally not just filming from afar but also taking action to prevent any tragic happening.
As per ACLU, it is completely within the right of the public to record police interactions, as long as it doesn't interfere with law enforcement operations. It also shares a list of tips for interacting with police if they ever try to stop you.
It is very important that the public hold police accountable for their actions, in fact, Missouri actually signed into law a decrease in police accountability as well as increased fines and penalties for protestor activity.
Darryl Gray, St. Louis activist, spoke on the penalties:
"It pushes people away from exercising their First Amendment rights."
"We find it all as an assault on democracy and assault on our freedom of speech and our right to peacefully assemble."
This Missouri bill would make vandalizing monuments a felony charge. It also limits investigations of officers and provides protection against civil claims unless the officer is criminally convicted.