Calhoun incident extends conversation on race relations

Calhoun pointed gun at women and allegedly called woman by a racial slur

Mike Baggerman
July 18, 2019 - 3:00 am

Jeanneie Muhammad with her husband, Dahveed, speak about the Jeffrey Calhoun incident. July 17, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Supporters of Jeanneie Muhammad are calling Tuesday's incident involving Jeoffrey Calhoun and Muhammad as an example of a double standard in the national discussion on racism.

In one part of the controversial video (see link), Muhammad is seen walking towards Buffalo Police with a gun.

"He reaches in and pulls the gun out," Dahveed Muhammad, Jeanneie's husband, said. "Even though officers did have their guns drawn, in so many cases, we have been shot down for having toy guns or no guns at all. We have a chance to get it right and send a message that there is zero tolerance for a these kinds of act where you have a big man throwing and wrestling my wife, a woman, to the ground three times."

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Muhammad's supporters want hate crime charges against Calhoun after he allegedly called her by a racial slur while he was seated in the back of a Buffalo Police car. The racial slur was not caught on video, which ended prior to Calhoun going into the squad car.

"People think we're making this stuff up," Sam Radford said. "Now we have a video camera showing...(Calhoun) wasn't even thinking about the consequences of walking (towards police with a gun). I have to tell my sons that when the police come around with you, weapon or not, you gotta stop. He didn't feel like he had to stop...He thought he could walk and reach for his gun. We can't even reach for our license."

Calhoun will appear again in court on Monday for a felony hearing. He faces up to 15 years in prison for attempted robbery, menacing, and harassment.

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