It hasn’t even been a week, and another Black celebrity is sharing their story of being racially profiled.
This time, its rapper and actor Romeo recounted the story of being pulled over by the police, who eventually held a gun into his face thinking he was “just some random Black dude.” The startling events occurred near UCLA’s campus, cite Blavity via The Mix.
“In UCLA, you get pulled over there, you better have that camera recording because they don’t play no games,” Miller said. “The guy pulled me over at gunpoint, a Black cop, and he was like ‘Is this a stolen vehicle.’ I’m like ‘Relax. Just come check my registration and get my driver’s license.’”
Miller then said that the officer initially had no idea who he was but assumed that the car was stolen, but his tone completely changed once he became aware of who he was.
“When he saw it was me, he said ‘Oh, Romeo Miller? Oh, you good. I thought you were just some random Black dude.’ It’s scary for me because my brothers ain’t famous,” Romeo explained. “They bigger than me at 6’4,” 6’5.” These guys are intimidated by Black men.”
“This guy was bout to shoot me I swear that camera saved my life,” Rainey wrote on social media about the incident. “Look what he does as soon as he looks into the lens. someone please send me his precinct or whatever if you know. These power tripping ass police need they badge taken. Unlawful traffic stop.”
Thankfully, the two men were unharmed by the police, but this shows that Black men are still being targeted by law enforcement despite status.