A viral video that’s been shared more than 250,000 times on Twitter is making the rounds on social media, and appears to show a black man berating a white police officer for allegedly pulling a gun on him during a traffic stop.
Last Wednesday, a man posting under the name Randell Minott put a minute-long video on his Facebook and Instagram accounts, in which a man talks into a camera as an officer stand behind him staying mostly silent.
“Turn signal not made is a big enough of a crime for you to feel like you need to take out your service pistol,” the man says on the video, which has now been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Facebook and Instagram. “Right? Right? Right? That’s what’s up.”
The video, whose authenticity could not be verified by BuzzFeed News, was posted on Wednesday with the caption: “I could of [sic] been a statistic if this ASSHOLE made a mistake and shot me….”
Minott did not respond to multiple requests for comment from BuzzFeed News.
On Friday, Minott posted a longer, three-minute version of the alleged incident on his Facebook with a new caption that referenced Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who said last week that he was racially profiled in a police incident in Las Vegas in August.
“If you have a problem with the way I talk to a cop who ILLEGALLY POINTED A GUN AT MY HEAD then LEAVE THIS COUNTRY (see what I did there #LOL),” Minott wrote. “Because last I check its in my constitutional rights #GoAmerikkka.”
The video was also published on culture site WorldstarHipHop. Neither Minott’s original video or other subsequent postings provide any details about the date or location of the alleged incident. The officer in the video wears no defining badges or clothing.
Those who have watched the video were struck by the impassioned way in which the man in the video addresses the unnamed officer, who offered little response to the verbal barbs and anger in the driver’s voice. As the man yells at the officer and takes occasional glances back at the camera, other cars speed by in the night.
“You came to the car with your gun out,” he says. “For what? Do you have no conscience? Do you see what the fuck is going on TV?”
The officer, whose gun is not drawn in the video, holds on to his bulletproof vest and offers the occasional “okay” in response.
Minott, who appears to be a musical artist working under the name Jimmy Spliff, did not pick up phone calls at a number that was associated with him on Sunday. Instagram and Twitter accounts which appear to be associated with Minott were set to private.
On Facebook, Minott listed that he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, but hails from East Orange, New Jersey. The latter appeared to match an address on a public record for Minott. He has not publicly posted on Facebook since sharing the longer video of the alleged incident on Friday.
Ryan Mac is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. He reports on the intersection of money, technology and power.