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Police called on black man trying to open his business

ANOTHER ONE: Vicktor Stevenson

A BLACK business owner from San Francisco reportedly had the police called on him on suspicion of burgling the store he owned

Speaking to CNN about the incident, Vicktor Stevenson said the police officers were not rude but that the experience left him feeling vulnerable and disrespecting, blaming racism for the unfortunate encounter.

Stevenson said he was standing outside his Mission District shop on the phone to his security company around 6:45 a.m. last Tuesday when two police cars pulled-up alongside. Four officers approached him, one with his hand on his hip -- as if it were on his weapon, Stevenson said.

According to CNN he initially thought he may have set off his security alarm by accident and that police were responding, but the officers told him that they'd been called by someone who had said he was breaking into the business.

"I laughed and said, 'That's funny, this is actually my business'," Stevenson said.

He said the officers asked him to remove his arm from his coat and that he complied saying he wanted to show them "I wasn't a threat at all."

Asked to prove that it was his business, Stevenson said "absolutely" and opened and closed the door.

Police then asked for his ID.

"I was reluctant to give them my ID. I didn't want to give them my ID and I just obliged after a while because I've seen what's been going on every single day out here and I didn't want to become a statistic. So I just gave them my ID and they ran it," Stevenson said.

"I mean, they did their job. They weren't rude. I've had run ins with the cops before for just walking down the block so compared to what I've been through, experiences with police, they were cool," he said:

"As a grown man, when four men approach you with weapons, and you don't have anything to protect yourself, you feel vulnerable and kind of disrespected, so that's my only hangup. Other than that, they did their job."

Stevenson posted video footage to Instagram and Facebook of the aftermath of the encounter, saying:

"People die because of this kinda misuse of police resources and racial profiling everyday. I'm just blessed to be alive to tell my story and hopefully can help spark some major changes in how these situations are handled. It's a criminal act and should be treated as such."

This is just one of the many incidents in America including white people calling the police on innocent black people.

In April, a white woman in Oakland became known as "BBQ Becky" on social media after she called police on black people who were barbecuing in an area of a park where that was banned.

In June, a white woman was filmed calling the police on an 8-year-old African-American girl selling bottles of water without a permit.

And this month, a white woman called the police on a black man in an apartment complex for wearing socks in a swimming pool.

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