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Video shows police drawing guns, handcuffing black man in his own home after false alarm

North Carolina police drew guns and handcuffed an innocent African American man — wearing nothing but underwear, inside his own home — after officers said they couldn’t immediately confirm he lived there, officials said Tuesday.

The Raleigh Police Department and resident Kazeem Oyeneyin, 31, tell similar stories of what unfolded on Aug. 17, but differ on why it needed to happen.

See attached note in response to the burglar alarm incident on August 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm.

— Raleigh Police (@raleighpolice) August 27, 2019

Police said the brief, scary confrontation was unavoidable, while Oyeneyin said he was treated differently because of the color of his skin.

A friend of Oyeneyin’s had just left the home and accidentally tripped an alarm that Oyeneyin said he simply disarmed. But officers still showed up to Oyeneyin’s home because the alarm company didn’t alert police to the false alarm, according to a Raleigh PD statement.

The officers “responded to what they believed was potentially a breaking and entering in progress,” police said.

Video taken from inside Oyeneyin’s home and distributed on social media show what happened next.

When police started screaming at the front door, Oyeneyin grabbed his gun, but put it down under orders from the officers.

“While the subject indicated he lived at the residence, the officer had no way to safely confirm the validity of the statement,” according to the police statement. “Based on all the available faces known to the officer at the time, the resident was detained until additional officers arrived and his identity could be confirmed.”

A Raleigh police officer handcuffs resident Kazeem Oyeneyin during an investigation after a burglar alarm at the home was tripped.Courtesy Kazeem Oyeneyin

Police confirmed he was “detained” for 7 minutes.

The department said it’s still reviewing how its officers handled the situation.


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