The Detroit suburb has been witness to racially motivated events in recent years
n an emotional video posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon, a woman says she was harassed by Livonia Police after officers claimed her vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run incident.
“He asked me for my identification. I refused to give it to him,” the woman says in the video. “He’s saying my vehicle, that silver truck, was in a hit and run. He has threatened to take my vehicle. He had the dispatch read the license plate number, I heard them. They got the wrong license plate number. Then he tells me he’s going to take my vehicle.”
The woman, who is black, says officers offered flimsy evidence that her vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run. Toward the end of the video, the police officer gets into his vehicle and eventually drives away. Neighbors sitting on a porch appear to have been supportive of the woman.
The video has been shared more than five thousand times and received over 600 comments. You can watch the full video above.
Livonia has seen quite a few racially charged incidents as of late. Earlier this year, two women said they were held against their will at a Livonia Walmart after employees accused them of shoplifting a coffee maker, then of creating a fake receipt.
Last year a Livonia man and business owner gained media attention after hanging nooses on his property with confederate flags.
The city of Livonia is about 92 percent white, making it one of Michigan’s least racially diverse cities. In recent years, however, more black and other residents of color have moved into the suburb.