Listen: Devon Myers, Royal Oak, Detroit discussed on Daily Detroit
"That's gone viral online and made national headlines multiple white royal oak. Police officers stopped devon myers twenty year old black man on fourth street. He was reportedly on his way to a date at the in season cafe. Why did they stop him. Because according to a facebook live video and observers vers on the scene an unidentified white woman called nine one one saying myers looked suspiciously at her myers was questioned for about a half hour before being allowed to continue on his way by police royal police haven't been offering comment but we hear daily detroit received a statement from the office of mike forni the mayor of royal oak in it he acknowledged racial missile bias exists and that there is more work both officers and the community could do and that they are in the process of evaluating what mistakes have been made and that they will own them joining us to talk about. This is dare nichols. He's a former detroit news reporter who covered city hall and he is the host of the beyond the headlines podcast he he was nice enough to have us on his show darren. Welcome to daily detroit. Thank you for having me. So what are your thoughts about this story <hes> depressingly familiar when i guess it is i mean i mean we have seen a number of these incidents happen. Across the country. Last year was a young man in cleveland who was <hes> a cost about a police or are least approached by the police. When he was cutting his lawn. He was twelve year old young man when you're talking about a gentleman by the name of antoine rose who unfortunately was killed in in pittsburgh because of his run in with police so it's it's all too familiar four people of color when they deal with these kinds of issues in this case it does remind me of a similar incident happened with dennis archer junior back in the early two thousands the son of the former detroit mayors reformer former yes and so he was pulled over. I don't know exactly the particulars at this point because it's been almost twenty years but what i do recall happen was that <hes> he was pulled out of the car and he was made to be on the street and i believe if my memory serves me correctly they pointed when it guns to his head and so it sounds eerily familiar <hes> to to that case and you know i wrote about these kinds of incidents last year as a part of the antoine roles situation and regional little bit of what i wrote at that time nine and this is how a lot of african american men and women who deal with african-american men deal with and it reads and we should make clear for our listeners to that you are african american. Yes i am african american male and i've had these incidents happen with me. <hes> this was an op ed that i wrote for the pittsburgh tribune last year and it reads. It's trayvon martin. We relate if it's roles or for landau castro reminds reminds folks who traffic stops where the outcome could have led to the death death. It's renisha mcbride. Sir minder of time we were stranded in the snow rain and simply needed help instead she was shot for knocking on the on the wrong door but with cell phones all equipped with cameras and social media post it gets overwhelming cable news news shows which discuss these issues twenty four so twenty four on a twenty twenty four seven cycle. Don't help either so to the point that i'm trying to make with all of these things is that when these incidents happen it's always as a reminder for people of color that all of the other incidents that occurred across the country <hes> and you mentioned you yourself have experienced something like this. Actually it sound quite a bit more harrowing than what this man experience here royal oak. Yes i write about it. In this column i mean we we talk about a number of different <hes> incidents that happened with me in that piece but one of the more egregious <hes> incidents was when i was a freshman in college at wayne state university i was coming home ironically from a college party and that was when greg's pizza <hes> <hes> just opened on the other side of the street and the mcdonalds was where it is now and it usually would stay open relate so i'm looking to see which one is open. I look to my right and the mcdonald's's close why looked to my left to see if greg pizza was open so that vaca try to get something to eat after a party. I drive down the street. The police officers <hes> thought that i was looking suspicious and as a result they pulled me over over with their weapons drawn <hes>."