CNN:- A young boy came to the defense of a black man on the Fourth of July as the boy’s father questioned and later called the police on the man who said he was waiting for a friend at a San Francisco apartment building.
Wesly Michel recorded his encounter with the boy and his father, who appears to be white, and shared the video on Facebook, where it has garnered more than 1.2 million views.
During the three-and-a-half-minute recording, the boy can be heard pleading with his father not to call police on Michel, whom the father says is a “trespasser” in his building.
Michel tells the man that if he calls the police he’ll be the “next person on TV,” alluding to viral videos in which police were called on black people for mundane things like taking a phone call in a hotel lobby, waiting for a friend at Starbucks or working out at a gym.
“Unfortunately this incident mirrors the experience that African Americans endure daily where we are questioned on whether we belong,” Michel, 35, a software engineer, said in a statement to CNN.
“I videotaped this incident to protect myself and to support my story should police get involved.”
CNN has attempted to identify and reach the man in the video but has so far been unable to.