Stockton Man Says He Was Racially Profiled By Village Police Officer [VIDEO]

In a pair of videos shared to Facebook at 1:30am on August 19th, two men have a series of tense interactions with a Stockton police officer who approached them on the street and later followed them in his vehicle at a slow crawl.

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A Stockton man says that he was racially profiled by a Stockton police officer in the early hours on August 19th as he and a friend were walking a dog in the village of Stockton.

In a pair of videos shared to Facebook at 1:30am on August 19th, two men have a series of tense interactions with a Stockton police officer who approached them on the street and later followed them in his vehicle at a slow crawl. The videos were posted by Matthew Love, a 20 year old Stockton man who is Black.

Love says the two men were just going for a walk with their dog. When asked if he thought he was being racially profiled during these interactions, Love responded “Yea of course.” 

Racial profiling is illegal; the ACLU notes that the practice violates the equal rights guarantee in the US Constitution. In a 2018 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization’s deputy legal director called racial profiling “pervasive and insidious”, saying “it creates profound distrust between over-policed communities and law enforcement, thereby endangering public safety.” 

Love says that the situation began when a Stockton police officer drove in reverse down a street to intercept Love and a friend who were walking Love’s dog. The video footage corroborates this, showing the officer’s car driving in reverse on one of the town’s main roads towards the spot where the two men were standing. 

The police officer parked and approached the two men while they were stopped on the sidewalk and tending to their dog. Love asked the officer, “Hey, can you stay in your car please?” “You’re fine,” the officer responded. “I’m just an old man.”

After a tense exchange, Love asked the officer for his name and badge number before walking away.

After bringing the dog home and going back out, the two men encountered the officer again. The video footage uploaded to Facebook shows the officer following the two men in his vehicle at a slow crawl as they walked along a sidewalk. The video shows the officer following the men for 2 minutes and 39 seconds; Love says the officer followed them for 6 minutes before driving away.

The officer was driving so slowly that at one point he pulled over to the shoulder to allow a car headed in the same direction to pass him. 

The officer and the two men exchanged words; the officer asked the men where they were going and at one point said “Are you okay with your life?”, while the men yelled back at the officer.

The officer identified himself by name and badge number in the videos; however, The Voice was unable to discern his response with 100% confidence due to audio quality.

The Voice reached out to the Stockton Police Department multiple times with a request for comment and to clarify the identity of the officer; there was no comment by press time.

The first interaction between the two men and the officer. Video courtesy of Matthew Love.
Part of the second interaction between the two men and the officer. Video courtesy of Matthew Love.

12 COMMENTS

  1. That kid is always in trouble and theres been break ins. It’s not because he’s black. Its because hes a scummy young kid who does dumb shit. He has mouthed off to cops nonstop bc his dad was one or some shit, so he thinks he can. This wasnt racial profiling. I know all these people involved. Matthew does shit like this for clout 🙄

    • You call yourself a journalism major in the post we approved yet you call someone a “scummy young kid” to describe someone? Give us a break. Just because you “know all these people involved” doesn’t make you all knowing of the situation. It also doesn’t make us all knowing since we don’t know anyone involved. Technically all we did was post a video that was publicly available along with some commentary. Are you a reporter now? Have you ever been a reporter? We’d like to see your credentials on journalism and racism before we take your commentary to heart.

      • I can describe him however I want since I’m not writing a biased article. You guys didnt just post video with commentary, you said things insinuating he actually was racially profiled. And are you a reporter? Because getting defensive and snapping at commentors ain’t a good look on you, man.

        • “We” actually didn’t say anything about him being racially profiled. Our headline states that Love says he was racially profiled. We asked him if he believed he was and he said “yes”. We then provided the facts about what racial profiling is. Please provide us with your proof that we wrote anything biased or insinuated this was indeed racial profiling. I’m not sure it matters what my job is but it’s interesting you think I “snapped” at you while defending yourself calling a 20 year old man a “scummy young kid”.

  2. Also, shame on yall for even writing this article. Its BEYOND biased to make this look like “white cop in small town targets innocent black man”. Nah. Did yall even listen to the shit these boys are calling the officer for DOING. HIS. JOB? Or does that just not fit your bad racist look here? You ever think, also, that they went out a second time purposely? Just to find this officer and instigate this? I was a journalism major and your reporting is atrocious

  3. This kid and his best friend stole my car on the 4th of July years ago causing over $5k in damages, he lived right behind my house in Stockton. He’s a wanna be gangster with quite the rap sheet for a young man. Had all the opportunities in the world given to him and he made his own choices to grow into the gentleman he is today. Also difficult to profile someone when they already know EVERYTHING about you… at 1:30am you’re probably up to no good bud.

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