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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.

Black grandfather choked for ‘shopping while Black’ at Walmart

Mo Barnes

Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

3 Comments

  1. derel on January 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    We should not shop at walmart…remember the brotha killed in dayton ohio.

  2. guest on January 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    He would not have been so quick to jump on him if he was 26 instead of 62. The coward would have been looking for the police instead.

  3. wheresthejustice on January 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    What if the gun would have ended up in the wrong person’s hand? Look how they handed off to a random person. Just crazy!