What You Need To Know:
While shopping at Walmart in Moreno Valley, CA, Ya’shear Bryant captured cell phone footage as he was approached by a White woman claiming he stole her teenage son’s iPhone. The phone’s tracker supposedly showed its location at his car. “I know I’m Black with tattoos, so she automatically assumes I have it,” Bryant says in the video. “…I pull my phone out and tell her I do not, as well as my money and my ID, and tell her who I am, and I do not steal…The only reason I’m not leaving is because I don’t have the phone…”
The woman then suggests they call the police and blocks Bryant’s path as he begins to walk away. “I’m dealing with this woman’s irateness,” he tells a store employee about the situation after going back inside, “because her son can’t be responsible for a phone. That’s not my fault. But being racially profiled? That’s gonna be hers.” At that moment, the son walks in, holding his phone that he found in their own car. Bryant says he will press charges and asks for the woman’s name. Her response? “Go f—k yourself.”
After the video goes viral on social media and YouTube, viewers were able to identify Liz de la Torres who is a Kaiser Permanente employee because of the company’s shirt she was wearing in the video. The organization posted a statement on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for sharing this. This video has been brought to our attention and we are actively investigating it. The conduct in this video does not in any way reflect the views or beliefs of Kaiser Permanente.”
Bryant’s wife, Brishette, has set up a GoFundMe page and is looking to raise money in order to take legal action against the overly anxious mother.
Why We Need to Know:
This type of behavior is what killed Emmett Till and burned down, destroyed, and massacred the communities of Greenwood District in Tulsa, OK and Rosewood, FL. This innocent Black man could’ve been another victim of “existing while Black” and hurt or killed without remorse. That woman deserves every piece of legal repercussions coming her way. CATCH THIS DANCE, Liz de la Torres.