“It was only a huge ordeal that he needed me out of the shop, mainly that is what he needed from the leap,” Townsend informed WTAE. “He did not need to argue. He already had what he needed to do within the first place so I used to be simply sitting there taking the rap for the entire mess.”
The officer, recognized as William Moore, was allegedly known as to the restaurant after somebody reported an individual smoking marijuana exterior. However as an alternative of confirming who that particular person was or in search of him Moore focused Townsend demanding he go exterior.
The complete change was caught within the video posted to Twitter, together with Moore demanding Townsend present identification with out explaining why and Townsend calling the officer out for “racially profiling.”
“Do you’ve gotten any ID on you?” Moore might be heard asking.
“No, I haven’t got to present you my ID, sir,” Townsend replies.
Moore then requests a backup unit calling himself “the superior officer.” Townsend then offers in and arms over his driver’s license commenting that the incident is “racial profiling.”
Moore then mocks Townsend calling it racial profiling himself including: “Oh yeah, ‘trigger I simply do not like Black folks … All people is aware of me is aware of that I do not care whether or not you are white, brown or tan.”
That is when Townsend and others who watched the video suspect that Moore is underneath the affect. Townsend questions Moore asking “Are you drunk, sir?” Whereas it’s not confirmed if Moore was, the video does give the impression he might need been. Feedback on the video name into query his “abuse of authority” and way of thinking through the encounter.
A second video depicts Townsend with two different cops exterior of the restaurant, with Moore persevering with to query Townsend’s felony historical past. “Once I obtained exterior, he sat me down and mainly needed to run a felony background, needed to see if I had warrants,” Townsend informed WPXI-TV.
Following the incident the restaurant posted a press release on Fb noting it had no challenge with Townsend and was “deeply saddened” by the chain of occasions. “The state of affairs was inexcusable and we utterly condemn any kind of demeaning habits in the direction of any particular person who walks by way of our doorways,” the Facebook post read.
“Our total aim is for each particular person visiting our restaurant to have the ability to take pleasure in their total expertise and for us to serve our group,” they added. “I want to inform each single considered one of our pals and clients to … at all times be variety and to at all times attempt to morally be one of the best which you can be.”
Based on a press release made to WTAE from Police Chief Joseph Caporali, Moore has been taken off the schedule pending an inner investigation.
“Because of this encounter, allegations of attainable misconduct of this officer are taken very critically and the matter is underneath investigation,” Caporali mentioned. “The officer is off schedule till the conclusion of this investigation at which period Vandergrift Borough Council will take applicable motion.”
However this isn’t the primary time there have been complaints about Moore. Based on TribLIVE, Moore was placed on paid depart in 2017 after being charged with assault and harassment of a 14-year-old boy. He pleaded responsible to these prices, then was suspended the next 12 months for unknown causes. It looks like Moore doesn’t have the cleanest document himself and a background examine ought to be run on him.
Racial profiling is much too widespread within the U.S. and have to be taken critically. Drunk or not Moore was clearly racially profiling Townsend and have to be held accountable for his actions.