A viral video shared on Facebook last week showed a young boy crying and begging his father not to call the police on a black man who said he was waiting for a friend at a San Francisco apartment building.
On the Fourth of July, Wesly Michel, a software engineer, shared the three-and-a-half-minute video of his encounter with the boy and his father in San Francisco. The clip has garnered more than 1.5 million views.
Michel told the man he was waiting to meet his friend and the father, who was identified by Essence as Christopher Cukor, demanded Michel call “your friend on the call box and have them come down and get you.”
Michel declined, prompting Cukor to take out his phone and call the police while his young son cried and begged him not to report Michel for trespassing.
The son could be heard saying “Dad don’t, please go” as Cukor began what appeared to be a call with the police.
Michel urged Cukor to follow his son’s advice and reminded Cukor that he was being recorded.
“You’re just going to be the next person on TV,” Michel said in the video. “Just remember that. Just remember that, and you have your son with you.”
The son began to cry as his father described Michel as a “trespasser” who “tailgated” into the apartment building to police.
“Dad, don’t. Please go,” the son said. “Daddy go. It’s the better; I agree with him, daddy.”
The son began to cry as his father described Michel to the police.
“Daddy, I don’t like this. Let’s go,” he said.
“Listen to your son, walk away,” Michel said. “I will stop this. I will stop the recording.”
Michel’s friend appeared later in the video, leading the son to say and begin pulling his dad, “Told you. Let’s go now. Daddy, look what you’ve gotten us into. Let’s go.”
Cukor proceeded to ask the resident for confirmation on whether Michel is indeed her friend. Cukor ended his call with police after telling them that Michel was “actually here with a resident.” Police did not appear to respond to the scene.
Michel confronted Cukor near the end of the video, stating “now you’re going to be online forever,” as he filmed a close-up of Cukor’s face.