Last week, two Washington Metro Police officers confronted an elderly African-American man in the streets of an affluent D.C. suburb who was carrying two bags. The police ordered the man to the ground and claimed he had become “loud and boisterous” when confronted.
The police were responding to a home alarm in the area, though it turns out they were blocks away from the address where they should have been. Jody Westby , a white, female attorney living in the neighborhood, observed the altercation and rushed to the man’s defense.
Westby instructed her housekeeper to record the events before questioning the cops. Westby stated, “Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house. He works for us. He’s been in this neighborhood for 30 years.”