Bob Marley's Granddaughter Stopped By Police Over Burglar Call
May 09 2018
On Monday, police said in a news release that they were served with notice of a lawsuit on behalf of the guests: Donisha Prendergast, a filmmaker and a granddaughter of Bob Marley; Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, also a filmmaker; and Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan, an artist.
A group of filmmakers says they were swarmed by a squad of cop cars after leaving an Airbnb rental in Rialto.
"You want to laugh about this but it's not amusing", said Fyffe-Marshall in her post, adding that police told her the woman called 911 when they "didn't wave to her as she looked at us" packing up.
The police told Fyffe-Marshall and her friends to put their hands in the air, and then informed them a helicopter was tracking them. She continues, "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 - because they were investigating a felony charge - for 45 minutes while they figured it out".
Prendergast and two of her friends were packing up to leave a house they rented through the service when a neighbor called 911 and said they were stealing.
Fyffe-Marshall wrote that a neighbor called the police because she saw black people putting luggage in a vehicle and believed they were stealing.
Ms Fyffe-Marshall wrote that about 20 minutes into the encounter, the misunderstanding escalated "almost instantly".
It later turned out, Fyffe-Marshall, claims, the white neighbor who had called the cops was offended the women had not waved back at her.
"We have been dealing with different emotions and you want to laugh about this but it's not amusing", she wrote. "The trauma is real".
In another Instagram post, Pendergast writes, "Got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood".
"We can not remove ourselves from situations that continue to implicate our brothers and sisters in a spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological war", Prendergast said.
- A pair of Native American teens on a college tour of Colorado State University were briefly detained by police last week after the parent of another prospective student on the tour called 911 because she said the teens made her "nervous".
Ms Fyffe-Marshall did not respond to a request from The Post for comment. I've been angry, frustrated and sad. I was later detained at the airport. "We actually allowed them pretty free movement about the scene, so it's a pretty mild response to a situation". The department said its officers acted "respectfully, honestly and professionally", adding that an officer even joked with the four people in the vehicle in order to establish a rapport.
Last month, two black men were arrested after a Philadelphia Starbucks employee called the police because they had delayed placing an order while waiting for a client.
"Based on what we've learned and consistent with the various news reports, this incident appears to be an issue involving a neighbor, but the fact that this neighbor was not a member of the Airbnb community doesn't change the fact that what happened to our guests is unconscionable and a reminder of how far we still have to go as a society", the company said in a statement.
Airbnb said in a statement to CNN that it has reached out to the women to "express our sympathy and full support". "We are greater than they wanted us to believe".