Former Obama Staffer’s Neighbor Tried To Get Him Murdered By Cops With Bogus Burglary Call

A black ex-Obama staffer was just trying to move his things into his apartment when one of his neighbors decided to make a bogus call to police. Darren Martin says he was just carting his belongings up to his new place in his hometown of New York City when he was surprised by a large police presence targeting him. Naturally, he did the right thing and protected himself by live streaming the incident on Instagram.

“Somebody called the cops on me in my own building,” Martin says in the video. The half-dozen cops who stormed the hallway confirmed that a resident called police to report a burglary.

Now could this have been a mistake rather than a malicious action? Maybe — if they hadn’t also lied and said Martin was armed. This could have been fatal for Martin like it was for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed virtually on sight after someone called to report a dangerous child carrying a toy gun. The caller noted that it was likely a toy, but the dispatcher chose not to relay that very important information and the officers who arrived on scene didn’t bother to check if the gun was real.

“As a black man when you’re in an all-white environment, you’re cognizant of that,” Martin says. “I have to say I found it kind of symbolic — like, welcome to the neighborhood.”

Fortunately, the officers who showed up this time took the time to verify that no crime was being committed, but all too often a black man as the subject of a police call often finds himself sentenced to death whether he did anything or not.

“The broader message to everyone is get to know folks before you make these assumptions,” Martin warned his neighbors. “When you make that call there’s no turning back, and it could’ve ended very differently.”

Watch a report on this attempted assassination-by-cop below: