During a peaceful demonstration in Seattle, a random white guy decided to take off his shirt and confront a black guy in the crowd. A security guard then runs up, automatically assumes the black guy is the troublemaker, and pepper sprays him.
The incident occurred on Saturday at a pro-Palestinian rally at Starbucks.
Raymond Wilford, 25, says there was a white man at the protest who was looking for trouble. The man had been mocking the protesters by calling them names and giving them the middle finger. He also took off his shirt.
Wilford says as he walked by the irate man he felt the shirtless man spιt on him, which prompted Wilford to raise his fist.
The guard walked into the confrontation and sprayed Wilford, but left the man who was antagonizing Wilford alone. According to the Seattle Times, the guard said he sprayed Wilford because he balled his fist and “took an aggressive stance toward him.”
Wilford says he stepped out in the direction of the guard so that the guard could hear his side of the story over all the yelling, then the guard yelled “Stop!” and pepper sprayed him.
“I thought he (the guard) was the helper, that’s why I approached him. But he thought I was the threαt,” Wilford said Monday.
As the heckler who instigated the incident walked away, Wilford was handcuffed. Wilford said he believes the guard assumed he was the aggressor because he’s black.
“You pepper sprayed the wrong guy” demonstrators yelled as the incident was happening.
“We will be looking at all parties involved,” police spokesman Drew Fowler said, confirming that the incident is being investigated.
Wilford said the mall security guard apologized for pepper spraying him. He also explained why he didn’t pυnch the man who spat on him: “I saw the cameras. I’m not trying to catch any charges. Angry black guy, beαting up a white guy, blah-blah.”
h/t: The Dignity Virus