An African-American man who says he was sitting in his vehicle with another man discussing a potential car purchase accused a stranger of photographing him and then pulling out a gun because he assumed he was a drug dealer. The incident was also caught on video.
Demetrius T., who is from Minneapolis and requested that his last name not be published, reportedly noticed a man taking photos of him from outside of his property and decided to confront him about it, reports KMSP-TV.
When the 29-year-old approached the stranger, while filming the incident with his cell phone, he says the man had a gun in his hand, though Demetrius admitted to police that the gun was never actually pointed at him. The two then reportedly engaged in a heated argument in which the man with the gun told him there was a lot of drug dealing in their neighborhood and that he wasn’t racially profiling him.
“You saw two black guys having a conversation in the car and you started taking pictures,” Demetrius reportedly told him. “When you see me walking down this street, because I’m black, you got nervous and you pulled out your gun.”
Demetrius reportedly called police after the incident, but was told that the man hadn’t committed a crime because he was on his own property with a licensed gun in his possession.
Demetrius has released the video, which has since gone viral.
“In my personal opinion, had I been Caucasian, had I been Mexican or Asian, he wouldn’t be taking pictures,” he said.
Demetrius claims he has spoken with some of the man’s neighbors, who said this is something he has done before.