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Son Begs YouTube Exec Dad Not To Call Police On Black Man In Viral Video

sydney.brooman 11 Jul 2019

In theory, it makes sense that citizens of various cities and towns across the country would see themselves as part of a collective community, and would therefore want to keep that community safe.

Whether it's an organized neighborhood watch or full on vigilante justice, a lot of folks out there take it upon themselves to enforce the law.

This can get problematic, however, when personal biases and prejudices influence people's decisions, and thus end up having real consequences for those who haven't done anything wrong.

We have a country-wide problem with white people calling the cops on black people who are literally just existing.

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Last year, a college student was arrested for hanging out in her own dorm room, even though she was completely allowed to be there.

If you see someone committing a crime, by all means, inform the authorities, but there's no reason to call the police on someone because you are personally uncomfortable with them existing near you as a different race.

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This oh-to-familiar narrative has yet another addition.

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A now viral video shows a man who has been identified as Christopher Cukor, calling the police on a black man for 'trespassing' in his San Francisco apartment complex, even though the man was simply waiting for his friend.

The man filming is software engineer Wesly Michel, who later posted the video to his personal Facebook in an attempt to share the daily altercations that take place when he simply tries to exist in a space.

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In the video, Cukor can be heard telling authorities that Michel is trespassing.

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Surprisingly, Cukor's young son can be heard pleading with his father to stop.

"Daddy, don’t, don’t," he says, "We don't need to do that. Daddy go, I agree with him."

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"Daddy. It’s the better. I don’t like this. Let’s go."

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"So this is July 4th 2019," Michel is heard saying, "You're gonna be the next one on TV."

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When the police arrived, Cukor reportedly backed down.

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He changed his story and told them that Michel was simply waiting for his friend.

However, by the time the video was posted online, Michel's reputation was already smeared.

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He has since taken down all his social media accounts.

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His LinkedIn page confirms that he works as a YouTube Executive, the New York Post reports.

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Despite his backtracking, the proof is in the pudding.

Watch the video for yourself and tell us what you think. Was he acting on prejudice, or was he well intended?

h/t: New York Post

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