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Black grandfather choked for ‘shopping while Black’ at Walmart

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Being Black in Florida is getting dangerous again, especially if you are at a Walmart.


Last week Clarence Daniels, a 62-year-old grandfather, needed coffee creamer. As he was entering a Brandon, Florida Walmart he was struck from behind, put into a chokehold and forced to the ground.

Apparently, fellow shopper Michael Foster, 42, had spotted Daniels getting out of his car and noticed the Black man was wearing a holstered gun. Fearing the elderly Black grandfather was up to no good, Foster initiated the take-down on Daniels.


According to witnesses, Foster screamed “Help he’s got a gun,” and Daniels screamed back “I have a permit” as two other shoppers then jumped on the Black man. When police arrived, they interviewed , saw the video and then arrested Foster charging him with battery. The other two men who jumped on Daniels were not arrested for their part in the encounter.

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