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Seriously Though? A Woman Said She Saw Burglars. They Were Just Black Airbnb Guests.

Seriously Though? A Woman Said She Saw Burglars. They Were Just Black Airbnb Guests.
“Got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighborhood,” wrote one of the guests (the granddaughter of Bob Marley). Credit Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, via IG


By Daniel Victor

It was an entirely routine moment: Four people exited the home they had rented on Airbnb in Rialto, Calif., and loaded suitcases into their car.

Within minutes, several police cars had arrived and the group was being questioned as a helicopter flew overhead. A neighbor who didn’t recognize them had reported a possible burglary, the police said.

They were in fact four creative professionals in town for an event. Now the three black people in the group are suing the Rialto Police Department, saying they were unfairly treated during the April 30 encounter.

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