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CA Airbnb Guests Say Cops Called Because They Are Black


Three black women leaving an Airbnb in Southern California last week were stopped by police — because a neighbor thought they were stealing. One of the women detained, filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, said in posts on Instagram and Facebook on April 30 that she and two other women were leaving their Airbnb in Rialto, California, when seven police cars showed up. “The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air. They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us,” she wrote. “They locked down the neighborhood and had us standing in the street.” Fyffe-Marshall wrote that a neighbor called the police because she saw black people putting luggage in a car and believed they were stealing. When a police sergeant arrived 20 minutes later, he insisted the women were lying and asked for proof, Fyffe-Marshall wrote. “We showed them the booking confirmations and phoned the landlord…because they didn’t know what she looked like on the other end to confirm it was her…they detained us,” she wrote. Fyffe-Marshall also said police admitted that the neighbor called police because the women didn’t wave to her as they were loading their luggage into the car. “The trauma is real,” she wrote. “I’ve been angry, frustrated and sad. This is insanity.” Donisha Prendergast, one of the other women detained, posted her own video of the incident on Instagram.”Got surrounded by police for being black in a white neighbourhood,” she wrote. “I’m sad and irritated.” Read more.