TV producer Charles Belk, 51, was arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department for “walking while black.”
Belk, who was in the area covering the Emmys, was walking from a restaurant to his cars when he was surrounded by 6 police cars, told to sit on the curb, then handcuffed. Belk wrote a Facebook post about his experience.
Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic.
Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb.
Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.
Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” … “fitting the description.”
There is no word about whether Belk will file a suit against the Beverly Hills Police Department.
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