Jay Pharoah Tells Gayle King That Black People In America “Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent”; Comic Was Stopped By LAPD While Jogging
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Former Saturday Night Live actor Jay Pharoah, who announced last week that he had recently been stopped by LAPD officers while jogging and that a policeman had kneed Pharoah on his neck, said on CBS this morning that blacks People in America are made to "feel guilty until your innocence is proven."
Pharoah described an emotional phone call with his mother after the April police incident.
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"I called my mother and told her what happened," Pharoah told Gayle King, CBS This Morning co-host. "My father also spoke on the phone. My mother started to cry ... it's a terrible feeling that the consequences of a terrible situation can have so many effects on the people around you. "
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Pharoah posted a video message on his Instagram account last week that contains security footage of the encounter, in which four officers drop the actor to the ground by force of arms. He said he fits the description of a suspect - a black man in gray sweatpants and a gray shirt - and handcuffed Pharoah. An official put his knee on Pharoah's neck, the technique that recently caused George Floyd's death.
The former SNLer told the story for the first time on television when he appeared on Monday in CBS 'The Talk.
On CBS This Morning, Pharoah said the police stop made him "disgusting."
"You tell me to lie on the floor," he said to King. "It was a bad situation, I just felt disgusting. People drive by and look at me like I'm an animal, a criminal, I've done something. But I'm an innocent bystander. "
"We should never have to feel that our lives are in danger if we do human activities regularly," he said. "I don't want to have to fear for my life when I go to Whole Foods, get some chips and guac and pick up a kombucha. I don't want to feel that my life is sacrificed when I have to go to the gas station and I have some petrol pump out there and a policeman rolls by and I don't know what he's up to. I shouldn't feel that way when I try to do human activities regularly. "
He added, "That's the thing, Gayle. Black people in America in general. Why do we have to feel guilty until our innocence is proven?"
The LAPD is investigating the incident.
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