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Woman berates pharmacy manager for calling police on black men shoplifting

An activist in the US has filmed herself berating a pharmacy store manager for calling police on two black men caught shoplifting, saying they could have been killed.Charity Sade, who describes herself as a “she/her comedian, writer, activist” and “public speaker teacher”, posted a series of videos on Twitter earlier this week after seeing two…

An activist in the US has filmed herself berating a pharmacy store manager for calling police on two black men caught shoplifting, saying they could have been killed.

Charity Sade, who describes herself as a “she/her comedian, writer, activist” and “public speaker teacher”, posted a series of videos on Twitter earlier this week after seeing two men being detained outside a CVS in Washington DC.

“I just stopped because I saw approx 6 MPD officers stopping 2 Black men & sat them on the curb. @cvspharmacy at 2226 Wisconsin Ave NW WDC, 20007, called the @DCPoliceDept 2 Black men that allegedly took items from the store,” she tweeted.

She continued, “One officer told one of the men that their other person’s freedom was dependent on him being quiet. This is violent. People know what happens when the police are called on Black folx! They value property over people.”

After the incident, she walked into the store to confront the manager, filming the encounter.

“I live in the neighbourhood, I come to this CVS very often. May I ask why you called the police on those two men?” she asks.

The manager explains that CVS policy “dictates that if they’re shoplifters, they exit the store with merchandise unpaid for, we have to get the police involved”.

“And if the police apprehend them, we have to issue a barring notice,” he says.

“But I actually did not elect to press charges, I just wanted to say hey look, I just want them to know they can’t come in here anymore because they shoplifted and I just need them to sign that. The officers obliged and the guys said the same thing, thank you, and they left.”

The woman says “So you know what happens (when the police are called on) black men?”

The death of George Floyd in May, which sparked months of Black Lives Matter protests, occurred after police in Minneapolis were called by a store clerk alleging he had attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

Ms Sade tells the store manager he “decided to call the police on two black people that allegedly took something from the store because you’re willing to uphold the policy and they could have lost their lives”.

He replies that “we can agree to disagree on this”.

“I don’t work for you,” he says. “I follow my company’s policies, not your policies, while I can appreciate your concern …”

She cuts in, “So you’re willing to risk someone’s life for what, $30,000 a year?”

The man says he doesn’t believe there was any risk, and tries to end the conversation.

She then demands his name.

“I’m not going to tell you my name when you’re sitting here video taping me so you can try and elicit some sort of violence against me, it’s not going to happen,” he says.

“Elicit violence against you? You just elicited violence against two black men by calling the police on them,” she replies.

The manager repeats that “they got to walk away”.

“One of them had a warrant and could have been arrested and the cops still let him go,” he says.

“Listen to yourself – you work with black folks,” the woman says, pointing at his colleague working at the checkout. “Just remember that.”

Activists said they were planing to protest outside the store on Wednesday afternoon and called for a boycott until the “racist manager is replaced or fired”.

Conservatives criticised Ms Sade, who appears to have deactivated her Twitter account.

“The divide in America right now is basically between the reasonable man in this video and the insane woman berating him,” Daily Wire host Matt Walsh said.

“If you find yourself on the side of the insane woman, you are the bad guy.”

frank.chung@news.com.au

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