Bena Apreala, a 29-year-old Black man, was jogging within the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston on Tuesday when he was stopped by no less than three males in plainclothes, bulletproof vests and face masks. “With out figuring out himself, [an officer] began asking me for identification, asking me the place I used to be from, asking me who I used to be, what my enterprise was across the space,” Apreala mentioned. Apreala, who seen one of many officers was sporting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement badge, questioned why he’d been stopped, as a result of he’s a U.S. citizen. It was solely when Apreala began recording the interplay that the boys let him proceed on his run, the Washington Post reports. As video of the incident unfold on social media, Boston’s mayor, in addition to metropolis, state and nationwide lawmakers, demanded an investigation into ICE’s actions.
“Let me be clear: racial profiling and stops like these are incorrect, unjustified, and won’t be tolerated,” mentioned Mayor Marty Walsh. Apreala’s interplay with ICE is the most recent incident of “jogging whereas Black” that has had nationwide consideration. A white father and son face homicide fees within the deadly taking pictures of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was on a run in Georgia in February. Inside weeks in August and September, joggers Mathias Ometu of San Antonio and Joseph Griffin of Deltona, Fl., have been stopped by officers and handcuffed as a result of police mentioned they matched the outline of a suspect. In Boston, Apreala was jogging just a few miles from his dwelling, when he seen two black SUVs with tinted home windows nearing him. “These guys simply hopped out in full camouflage uniforms with masks over their face, and stopped me, and informed me to right away establish [myself],” he mentioned. An officer informed Apreala that he matched the outline of a person they have been investigating.