Video: Cop stops black man in Pontiac for ‘making people nervous’

A 25-year-old black man was confronted by an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy on Thursday for walking with his hands in his pockets.

Brandon Waxx McKean captured the interaction in Pontiac with his cell phone.
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Brandon via Facebook.
Brandon via Facebook.

When McKean asked what he did wrong, the deputy responded: “You’re making people nervous. They said you had your hands in your pockets.”

McKean, who lives in Pontiac, was shocked.

“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police when it is could outside?”

The deputy responded, “Yes.”

McKean said he was recording the interaction in the wake of the Ferguson shooting that left an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, dead.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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