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PONTIAC, Mich. – A Michigan man believes he was a victim of racial discrimination.

According to the Huffington Post, 25-year-old Brandon McKean was walking home from a friend’s house with his hands in his pockets when an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy drove up, got out of the car and questioned him.

McKean began filming the interaction with his phone.

“You were walking by … well you were making people nervous,” the deputy told McKean. “They said you had your hands in your pockets.”

“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it’s snowing outside?” McKean responds.

“They did,” the deputy says. “I’m just checking on you.”

McKean told WXYZ the sheriff’s deputy treated him with respect.

The video McKean recorded quickly went viral with over 4,300,000 views on Facebook.

After the video went viral, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office released the video the sheriff’s deputy recorded during the interaction.

The Sheriff’s Office says McKean’s video doesn’t tell the full story.

They say McKean cut off the video before the end of the conversation, when the deputy explains why he stopped McKean.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, they received a call from a business that had recently been a victim of several robberies.

The caller and his employees were concerned about the individual who had walked by the front window of the business five or six times, while looking inside with his hands in his pockets. Fearing for their safety, the business dialed 911 and the Deputy responded.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told the Huffington Post he believes the video “was posted with an agenda.”

According to WXYZ, Bouchard says the officer had probable cause to make the stop and could have gone further by patting down McKean.

“It boils down to this, if someone calls 911, do you want the police to come or not?” Bouchard said. “A police officer responded, made a quick ascertainment of the situation and determined that nothing else was needed, didn’t pat down an individual, never detained an individual, called off secondary units and left. I think that was a very restrained, very professional approach.”

 

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