A white couple in Michigan face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot.
Jillian Wuestenber and her husband Eric Wuestenberg were arrested and charged with felonies as a result of this confrontation, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a press release. However, according to reports, they were later arraigned freed on a $50,000 personal bond. As a condition of the bond they must turn over all firearms, not engage in “assaultive behavior” and must not leave Michigan, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. The White couple is next scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on July 14.
Takelia Hill – the Black woman involved, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill’s teenage daughter as they were entering the Chipotle restaurant.
The video footage starts after that, in the parking lot. Jillian Wuestenberg is heard arguing with Hill and her daughters. Wuestenberg climbs into the vehicle, rolls down the window and says, “White people aren’t racist,” and, “I care about you,” her vehicle starts to back away. Her husband, who had led his wife to the vehicle, turns to the camera and asks; “Who do you think you guys are?” Then, as someone is behind the vehicle, Jillian Wuestenberg comes out and points a handgun toward a person who’s recording. She yells at people around to get away from her and her vehicle. A woman then shouts, “She’s got a gun on me!” and urges people to call the police.
She then lowers the gun, climbs into the passenger seat, and the couple drives off. The sheriff’s office said the white couple drove away and waited for deputies to arrive.
Cooper, the prosecutor, told The Associated Press that her office viewed the available video before filing charges.
“It is an unfortunate set of circumstances that tempers run high over, basically, not much of an incident,” Cooper, the prosecutor said.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that both parties had called the police. The White couple “claimed to fear for their lives over threatening comments made to them and their vehicle being struck with a hand by the other party.” The sheriff then said; “There’s a lot of tension in our society, a lot of tension among folks and people with each other”.
He continued, “I would just say this, we are asking and expect our police — and rightfully so — to deescalate every situation they possibly can, and we should be doing that. But I would say that needs to happen with us individually in our own lives and situations, that we interact with each other and deescalate those moments.”
After the video surfaced, Eric Wuestenberg was fired from his job at Oakland University near Detroit. “We have seen the video and we deem his behavior unacceptable,” the university said in an emailed statement.
Not this first time a white couple would pull a gun on Black people. However, do you think this particular incident was blown out of proportion ?