San Francisco business owner claims police accused him of breaking into his own store because he is black

Viktor Stevenson, owner of Gourmonade, said the four San Francisco police approached him outside his shop and accused him of breaking in.


A black entrepreneur in California claims that the agents approached him at his recently opened shop, and accused him of attempted burglary.

Viktor Stevenson, owner of Gourmonade — gourmet lemonade — San Francisco in San Francisco, online wrote Thursday that four officers walked up to him with “weapons almost drawn” after they believed he was breaking into his own business in the Mission District.

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“Four police officers just jumped on me guns almost signed took my ID in my own shop,” Stevenson wrote on Instagram. “This racist thing is out of hand, but it won’t stop me!”

The store security alarm went off, Stevenson told KNTV, and he reportedly asked the officers if that is the reason why they were at his store, noting he was on the phone with the security company.


Stevenson said the officers were not there because the alarm went off, but accused him of breaking in. He claimed to be the police asked for his hands in his pockets, and asked him to prove that he is the owner of the shop.

“I said:” Yes, absolutely, here is my key,'” Stevenson told the news station. “She took my key, opened the door, closed my door. “Are we ok? Are we good to go?’ He said: “No, can I have your ID?'”

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The officers, who according to Stevenson, said someone in the neighborhood reported him to the police, who, he says, because of his race.

“I stand here on my company, on the phone, there is no way that looks suspicious,” Stevenson said. “I’m sorry. A three-year-old would be as he is, do nothing.”

The San Francisco Police Department does not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.


The incident comes amid a series of similar situations around the nation, people called the police on black people to do harmless things.

A Tennessee property manager was fired in the beginning of July, after she reported to the police that a black man was the wearing of socks during the use of the apartment complex with swimming pool, just after a white woman called the police to report that an 8-year-old black girl was the sale of water in San Francisco without a permit.

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