A video of a White male driving off without consequence after aggressively confronting and “spitting on” Minneapolis police officers has gone viral.
According to Newsone, the date of when the footage was taken remains unclear.
The raging encounter that did not devolve into an act of police brutality reveals a stark contrast against interactions with law enforcement that has historically gotten Black civilians killed.
Ben Crump—a trial lawyer for justice and civil rights advocate—shared the video on Twitter in which he described as an example of White privilege.
White privilege is talking to cops WITHOUT fearing for your life. This white man got out of his car & in officers’ faces… and they told him to “get in the car and go.” He drove away without a scratch. STARK contrast to what we’ve seen happen with Black men and women… pic.twitter.com/HfCthb09SM
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 1, 2020
In the footage, the belligerent man antagonizes the cops—one of whom was Black—after they appeared to be retreating to their SUV that was parked ahead of him.
The man gets out of his vehicle and approaches one of the officers and yells:
“I got y’all motherf’kers, b*tch!”
He continues his hostile rant while holding what looks like a cellphone and approaches the Black officer.
The disrupter repeats:
“I got you, b*tch!”
He then turns back around and continues to yell incoherently as he heads towards the other officer, who pushes him back towards his car and warns:
“Get out of my face. One more word and you’re going to jail.”
“Spit on me one more time!”
Not even a ticket for him.
— ⚖️*~WyldPhoenix~*⚖️💛🐝 (@PinkWyldflower) September 1, 2020
The incident was presumably filmed by a Black woman—whose hands can be seen in the side mirror from inside her vehicle—and can be heard commenting:
“Oh sh*t that’s a White boy.”
“Look at that. He spit on him and everything.”
After the two officers managed to de-escalate the situation, the man got back inside his vehicle and was allowed to drive off.
As he pulled away, he locked eyes with the woman recording and yelled through the car window, “You see this sh*t?,” to which the woman replied, “I see it.”
Twitter was dumbfounded over the fact a White driver was allowed to drive away from his aggressive interaction without incident.
We don’t get to drive away
— Kathy Coleman (@KJCCOLEMAN) September 1, 2020
Two very different endings based on skin color. I have never had to worry about being pulled over (other than the expense of a ticket) and that’s what most folks don’t get. That’s the privilege. No one ever had to have “the talk” with me. That breaks my heart.
— sassy-redhead-says-what? (@redheadb3) September 1, 2020
— 💙❤Elizabeth💙❤ (@DuszaElizabeth) September 1, 2020
White privilege there's no other explanation. A black person could never. And the black cop never intervened even though his partner was being threatened.
— Von Jonz (@VonJonz) September 1, 2020
Do you know why he did that? Because he can.😞😞
— Donerik Black (@donerikblack) September 1, 2020
It was so good of the officer to give him several chances, spitting and all………..Seriously What a joke and huge slap to the face for people who have lost family members without even the blink of an eye.
— Aleria Robinson (@AleriaRobinson) September 1, 2020
Minneapolis is also the city where George Floyd was killed by a police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
The officers involved in Floyd’s arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill were all terminated from the Minneapolis Police Department and are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder after public demands for justice.