'White lives matter too': Police in CT investigate racist rant video

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
'White lives matter too': Police investigate CT racially charged rant video
Marcus Solis with the disturbing video and comments from two men who were the subject of the racist rant.

STAMFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- Police in Connecticut are investigating a viral video in which a white man yells at a group of Black men in a marina while calling 911 to claim he is being harassed.

It happened Saturday afternoon at the Cove Island Marina in Stamford, where the man is recorded yelling -- among other things -- that "White lives matter too" and that his name is "God."

Police are investigating a viral video in which a white man yells at a group of Black men in a marina

Authorities say numerous individuals were involved and/or witnessed circumstances leading up to the confrontation that occurred, and they are in the process of interviewing and obtaining formal statements from all parties.

According to attorney Darnell Crosland, the group of five men -- one of whom is a police officer -- met in the park to celebrate two of their birthdays.

He said the white man, who claims to be a neighborhood police, pulls up to the group and yells that they can't have their boat there, which leads to the confrontation.

As shown in the video, the white man calls police and claims he is "being harassed by a bunch of Black men."

Two of those men, who are cousins, spoke out at their attorney's office.

"I felt afraid," Tarae Frazier said. "Had a couple flashbacks of videos that we've all seen in the same particular situation, and I still don't feel comfortable."

The group members say they were only meeting up at the park before heading to another beach.

"We shouldn't have to be fearful of our lives going out of have fun," Tyshawn Frazier said. "My birthday is on Juneteenth, so we went to the beach to have a good time, to have a great b-day weekend."

Not shown in the video but supported by photos provided by witnesses are claims that the man attempting to spray mace or pepper spray at the group.

"What this gentleman knew was that he can weaponize the 911 system, just like the lady in Central Park did, and so he doesn't have to pull a gun anymore," Crosland said. "Because of the system that is built on racism and prejudice, he was able to just call 911."

Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.


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