You’ve heard the adage: “Video or it didn’t happen.” Even though there’s a video below, that’s never been more true for me than today.
I was the passenger in a vehicle and we were heading back to the office after a meeting. At a fairly busy intersection in Lansing, a lady in the car next to me got out and started walking towards a white car that was 2 vehicles ahead. The light changed and the lady rushed back to her car. I figured maybe she knew the vehicle up ahead and was trying to tell them something…presumably important since it was one of the dumbest places to get out of a parked car.
At the next red light – an even busier intersection – she bolted from her car and started pounding on the white car’s passenger side windows (which were fully rolled up). At this point, it was fairly easy to figure out she wasn’t just trying to communicate something important. When the light turned green, she gave one last whack (and subsequently hurt her hand). While returning to her parked car, she started absolutely going off at everybody honking. It was BIZARRE.
I thought to myself — damn, that was crazy…the white car must have done something pretty bad to draw such a reaction. But, I continued chatting with my boss about the aforementioned meeting. We were behind both cars as they pulled into a grocery store parking lot a few miles down the road – where my vehicle was parked – and we noticed the lady continuing to AGGRESSIVELY follow the white car in a relatively crowded parking for several minutes. When the cars finally came to a stop, I decided to pull out my phone.
Why was she following/harassing the driver of the white car? Because she thought his music was too loud. I’m not kidding.
As mentioned, I was within yards of each car at both stoplights and didn’t hear music. There was definitely no loud music playing. By definition, I’m not sure if this is racial profiling but it was definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve experienced in person. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the crazy “chase” scene on video.
“Video or it didn’t happen.”
After the confrontation, I exchanged numbers with the white car’s driver as he entered the grocery store in the event she continued harassing him. He was obviously shaken and couldn’t figure out how or why the “chase” happened. I guess Trayvon Martin isn’t the only young African American that gets followed around by creeps for strange ass reasons, eh?
Unlike Zimmerman, I’m just glad she wasn’t armed.
P.S. The sanest this lady acted during the entire “chase” was after she (presumably) noticed me recording the happenings. Again, she got out of her parked car twice at busy intersections, pounded on his window, frantically went off at traffic that was honking, followed this dude for miles, and then tailed him for minutes in a busy parking lot. All because she thought somebody was playing music too loud. Yowser…