Black Veteran Handcuffed On His Own Property While Moving TV Into His Home
"They’re thinking I’m stealing... I'm not going to let this go."
61-year-old retired military veteran Karle Robinson was hoping he could get some help moving into his new Tonganoxie, Kan. home. However, he was handcuffed by police instead.
According to the Kansas City Star, the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, and Robinson was attempting to bring a television into his house. He said that he understands that the officer who he encountered may have been "suspicious" given the time of day, however, he was looking for a helping hand moving the heavy object into his home.
"Robinson told the officer that he was a new homeowner, moving in," writes the site. "He had identification and there was paperwork proving his new ownership inside. They could go in together and look, and maybe hoist this TV inside on the way."
Robinson was cuffed for eight minutes until the officer had help and was able to verify his story.
“If I’d been a white man, you know that wouldn’t happen,” Robinson said while watching body camera footage of the incident. “I’m being handcuffed right here on my own damn property...They’re thinking I’m stealing. I’ve been hearing this for 40 years — getting pulled over, being searched. I’m not going to let this go."