A “dream proposal” during which an Alabama man faked an armed arrest with actual cops is drawing anger on social media and combined reactions from metropolis officers who say the viral video is in poor style.
Cellular Mayor Sandy Stimpson stated he would have by no means consented to metropolis cops participating in Friday night time’s stunt if he had recognized about it beforehand.
“That is not one thing we will promote us partaking in in that sort of trend going ahead as a result of ought to it go awry, it is a dangerous information story,” Stimpson informed NBC affiliate WPMI.
The video, which has been seen tens of millions of occasions on Fb, exhibits Shawna Blackmon arriving at a fuel station to seek out her boyfriend, Daiwon McPherson, on his knees simply as cops encompass him.
McPherson was late to their date, which was a part of the ruse to lure Blackmon to the scene. She was informed that he had been pulled over by police for unlawful biking exercise, and that he sped off with a loaded gun.
A crowd had already gathered at a fuel station the place police cruisers’ lights have been flashing. Blackmon noticed cops holding Tasers at McPherson, and she or he swooped in entrance of them to diffuse the state of affairs.
That is when McPherson pulled out a field with a hoop inside — not a gun. The tense scene was a second of merriment as soon as Blackmon realized McPherson was truly popping the query.
“I used to be scared … he was going to jail, they will shoot him,” she later advised WPMI.
McPherson and Blackmon couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Wednesday, however the bride-to-be has stated she’s happy with how the proposal turned out. McPherson, who’s black, advised WPMI that the staged arrest was meant to get individuals to consider the difficulty of police-concerned shootings and the Black Lives Matter motion.
“Very first thing you are going to assume is we acquired one other black man going to get killed by two cops,” McPherson stated of the video. “Nope. That was the entire flip.”
Cellular Police Chief James Barber stated McPherson’s “dream proposal” did not finally hurt anybody, and was extra “uncommon” than something.
However social media customers disagree. Some say McPherson has made a “mockery” of police-concerned shootings and there is “nothing romantic” about them.