A white couple called the police on a man of color after he stenciled “black lives matter” on a retaining wall outside his home in San Francisco, California, on June 9.
James Juanillo was approached by the couple and filmed some of the encounter.
The footage shows a woman and a man stand on the sidewalk as they ask Juanillo if he lives in the building he is in front of, and what his name is.
Juanillo, who had just finished writing “black lives matter” on his wall, refuses to answer any of their questions and encourages them to call police if they feel unsafe, which they eventually do.
“The police came and recognized me immediately as a resident of the house and left without getting out of their patrol car. I didn’t even show them my ID,” Juanillo told Storyful. Credit: James Juanillo via Storyful