On the Fourth of July, a young boy tried to defend a black man who was waiting for a friend outside of an apartment building by asking his father not to call the police. Wesly Michel, who was being labeled a “trespasser” by the father, caught the encounter on video, showing the boy pleading with his dad.
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Michel shared the video of the incident on Facebook. During the clip, which is about three-and-a-half minutes long, Michel tells the father that, if he contacts the police, the dad would be the “next person of TV,” hinting at the likelihood that the video could go viral.
“Unfortunately this incident mirrors the experience that African Americans endure daily where we are questioned on whether we belong,” said 35-year-old Michel, according to a report by CNN.
“I videotaped this incident to protect myself and to support my story should police get involved.”
Michel was waiting for a friend outside of a San Francisco apartment building when the father asks Michel to tell him who he is there to see. “Please call your friend on the call box and have them come down and get you,” the father says.
“They don’t have to do that,” Michel replied, refusing the father’s request. “You can just walk away.”
The father then says that he is going to contact the police.
“Daddy don’t!” the boy says as his dad pulls out a cell phone.
Michel then reminds the father that the incident is being recorded, stating, “You’re just gonna be the next person on TV. Just remember that. And you have your son with you.”
The father calls the authorities and says that Michel is a “trespasser” who “tailgated” into the apartment building.
While the father speaks with the police, his son pleads with him to stop.
“Dad, don’t. Please go,” says the boy. “Daddy go. It’s the better. I agree with him, daddy.”
Then, as the father starts describing Michel to the police, the boy starts to cry.
“Daddy, I don’t like this,” the boy says. “Let’s go.”
“Listen to your son. Walk away,” Michel states. “I will stop this. I will stop the recording.”
Michel’s friend then approaches the group.
“Told you,” says the boy as he begins pulling his father. “Let’s go now.”
“Daddy, look what you’ve gotten us into. Let’s go!”
The father asks the building resident to confirm that Michel is his friend. He then ends the call with the police, stating that Michel is “actually here with a resident.” The police do not appear to arrive at the scene.
Then, the father asks Michel to stop recording the incident, but Michel refuses.
“Now you’re online forever,” says Michel.