Video shows black Airbnb guests, police joking about call
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New video shows officers joking with three black people considering suing over what they say was an excessive response to a racially motivated 911 call in Southern California.
The body camera footage released by the Rialto Police Department Tuesday shows a laid-back and at times light-hearted interaction between officers and the group they had pulled over, which included the granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley.
The group had been checking out of their Airbnb rental with their luggage when a neighbor called police on April 30 reporting a possible burglary.
Filmmaker Kells Fyffe-Marshall wrote on Facebook that they were “surrounded” by seven police cars and told to put their hands in the air. She nor her lawyer responded to requests for comment Tuesday.
Rialto police Chief Mark Kling says the department has been unfairly accused of racism.