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Officer Under Fire For Hand Gesture (Photo)

| by David Bonner
Timothy Millard making the controversial gestureTimothy Millard making the controversial gesture

Timothy Millard, a police officer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been accused of making a "gun" gesture with his hand, and pointing it at an African-American who goes by the name of King Mansa Musa.  

Musa, whose Facebook page indicates an interest in photography, was coming out of a Kalamazoo barber shop on July 29 when he snapped a picture of Millard pointing his "gun-finger" at him while driving by in his patrol car, according to WXMI.

Musa posted the picture to Facebook, where he made it his profile picture. It was subsequently shared more than 2,000 times. The photo includes the message: “So while standing outside the barbershop waiting for my turn I captured this…… Feeling threatened.”

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On the same day as the incident, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley explained that Millard thought Musa was waving hello at him, and the hand gesture was merely a “hello back.”

Musa takes his name from King Mansa Musi I of the former Malian Empire, who lived from 1280 ot 1337. He was the richest person in history, according to the website Celebrity Net Worth, which places his fortune at $400 billion -- placing him just ahead of the Rockefellers, the Rothchilds, the Carnegies and the Romanovs.

The African ruler made his billions in salt and gold, and used it to build mosques, some of which remain standing today.

As for the King Mansa Musa of Kalamazoo, the incident he photographed is now under internal review by the Kalamazoo Public Safety department, which will be studying the dashcam recordings from Millard’s patrol car in an attempt to solve the mystery.

Sources: WXMI, Celebrity Net Worth / Photo credit: King Mansa Musa via Detroit Free Press

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