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Video shows cop demanding ID from Black man standing outside his own home

'I got to show you my ID to be in front of my house.'


Edward Medeles


Posted on Jan 6, 2021

In a video uploaded to TikTok, a police officer questions and requests ID from a Black man who is walking outside of his own home in a suburban neighborhood. 

The footage, first uploaded to TikTok on Dec. 16, later shared to Instagram and Reddit where viewers expressed concern and outrage over the incident.

On the driveway of a suburban neighborhood, the officer questions the man, who is recording, about why he’s walking around the home and standing on the porch. 

“Is this your house?” the officer asks. The man questions the officer’s reason for asking that, and the officer begins to ask for ID. The man refuses. 

“What’s wrong with you, man?” the man says. “Why am I going to give you my ID for?” 

The man says his lawn was just cut and that he was walking around to inspect the work. The officer acknowledges that he did see a yard worker leave the area.

The man, becoming more frustrated, questions the officer about his intentions and reason for stopping someone outside their own home. “I can’t be right here? I stay here,” the man says. 

After the man refuses to provide ID, the officer talks into his radio and calls for a backup unit.

“I got to show you my ID to be in front of my house,” the man says. 

After a few more exchanges, another officer appears on the man’s driveway and begins to question him about the situation. As the video ends, man speaks into the camera about the officers’ disbelief of a Black man living in a “nice house.”

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*First Published: Jan 6, 2021, 5:46 pm CST