Innocent Black Man Detained in Va. as Fiancée Calls Experience 'Traumatic' and Chief Apologizes
GMA Jamar Mackey
Jamar Mackey was having lunch with his fiancee, newborn baby, and 13-year-old son at the food court of a Virginia mall when a police officer walked up to him and handcuffed him.
“You do this in public? Can't you tell me to go outside? In front of my family? "According to TMZ, Mackey can be heard on a video in which his fiancée filmed the incident.
When Mackey's fiancée, Kiara Love, told the cop he had the wrong husband, the cop led Mackey out of the food court.
"He did nothing," NewsOne reports in the video.
She was right: the officer arrested the wrong man at Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach and asked the Virginia Beach Police Department to publicly apologize to Mackey at a press conference Monday, 13News Now reports.
"First and foremost, we understand that this was a traumatic event, so I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Mackey," said Police Chief Paul Neudigate.
“Nobody wants to be handcuffed in front of their families or in public, as the officer did on Saturday. We apologize for the inconvenience this incident caused. "
Officials were investigating the theft of a wallet and credit cards used at the mall, he said.
They were given a description of the suspect: a man with black dreadlocks who was with a boy dressed in red, he said.
When an officer spotted Mackey eating at a table in the mall, he stepped behind him, handcuffed him and said he wanted to speak to him, which Love videotaped.
"I tried to eat at the mall with my family, but the Virginia Beach police arrested people for being black with fear. I was so afraid it would end differently," she wrote in a caption on Facebook the video.
When Mackey and Love acted surprised that he was handcuffed, the officer can be heard telling them to calm down before leading Mackey out of the mall.
Love stands outside and explains: “We are here with our family. This is so embarrassing. We are with our family. I have my baby here, a newborn. What you are doing?"
After realizing his mistake, the officer removed the handcuffs and apologized when Mackey yelled, "That's why we're fighting for it now! This is how we will be treated in 2020!"
“That's why we're marching! That's why we say Black Lives Matter! Check out how you treat us! Infront of people!"
Nearby, an officer stood talking to the man who was believed to be the suspected credit card theft suspect when the officer who handcuffed Mackey explained what had happened to Love.
At the press conference, the chief said the department would review its guidelines. He also said he would like to speak to Mackey "and see it from his perspective".
The department released a statement that it will investigate the incident.
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On Monday, Love wrote on her Facebook page: "I just want to publicly thank everyone for the inboxes for calls and sharing our video from Saturday at the mall. It was a very traumatic experience for our family that we wouldn't wish for someone."
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