Police allegedly held two medical professionals and their children at gunpoint in Mississippi before determining that the family wasn’t in the act of robbing their own house, The Sun Herald reported.
“I totally think they racially profiled me,” said the father, Kelvin Fairley, who is black and a registered nurse. “They never would even tell me why they stopped me. From the moment they pulled us over, there were six to seven police cars. They immediately had their guns drawn.”
A neighbor had called police after seeing the family, believing that the group was robbing a house.
The officers allegedly asked Fairley to exit the car and put his hands up. When Fairley asked why the police had pulled him over, he claimed, the police allegedly gave him no explanation.
Fairley tried to show the police his identification, he said, which would have shown that his address matched the house in front of which the family was parked.
“They wouldn’t tell me what it was about and they held guns on us, even on the kids,” he said. “And they told us to shut the f**k up. Why would you hold a gun on kids, drag them out of a car and talk to them like that?”
Fairley claimed he was driving with his 16- and 12-year-old sons, 9-year-old daughter and 12-year-old niece, as well as his wife, psychologist Natasha Krikorian.
Krikorian was also handcuffed, Fairley said.
Fairley and his family then went to the police department and had themselves filmed reporting their treatment to police.
“Obviously, you don’t understand our business, OK?” a man identifying himself as Officer Wilder told Fairley.
“Your business is to protect us, right?” Fairley replied.
Wilder then said that police needed to determine whether the couple planned to harm them before surveying the rest of the situation, The Sun Herald reported.
“Last night, I would have been OK with an apology,” Wilder said. “But after what happened at the police department, that’s it. My kids are totally distraught.”
“I worked too hard and put myself through school to protect my family so they wouldn’t have to be in situations like that,” he added. “To be treated like that by people who are paid to protect and serve, that’s ridiculous.”