A black man in North Carolina says he’s embarrassed about being handcuffed inside his home at gunpoint — and paraded to a police car while wearing only his boxers — after his home security system was mistakenly triggered, video shows.
Kazeem Oyeneyin, 31, said he was mortified and shaken by the actions of Raleigh cops on Aug. 17 after a friend who stayed over the party promoter’s home unknowingly set off a burglar alarm, prompting five police officers to respond, WTVD reports.
“This was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Oyeneyin told the station, adding that the officer refused to believe he lived at the home.
Video shows Oyeneyin, who has a concealed-carry permit, then being repeatedly ordered by a responding cop to drop his gun and turn away from the officer as he approached his front door.
“Come on out here for me,” the officer said.
“What you mean, come on out?” Oyeneyin replied. “I got on my drawers!”
The officer, who is white, then handcuffed Oyeneyin as he tried to explain that he just got off the phone with an alarm company about the false alarm, but the cop wasn’t seemingly satisfied with that account, ordering the five-year homeowner to turn around and get on his knees, according to the video.
“I’m confused why he’s still talking,” Oyeneyin later recalled. “You just asked do I got ID, I told you yeah, ‘Let’s identify me, let’s get me out of here.’ I was like, ‘I need a supervisor, I definitely need a supervisor here because this ain’t right.’”
Four additional cops then showed up at Oyeneyin’s home before he was walked to a police car as his residence was searched, video shows.
“What have I done wrong?” he asked cops. “I haven’t done nothing wrong.”
Oyeneyin, better known as in the music industry as “Tim Boss,” said he believes his race had something to do with the heated encounter with cops that’s now under investigation.
“Being black could definitely be one of the issues that’s the problem,” he told WTVD. “I hope it’s not, but if that’s what it is, it just needs to be resolved.”
A message seeking comment from Raleigh police was not immediately returned early Monday, but a department spokesperson told WTVD that the response by cops was under review.
“We have attempted to contact the homeowner several times over the past few days to discuss this incident with him,” the statement read.
Oyeneyin, who was not charged with a crime, said his neighbors haven’t treated him the same since the incident.
“I mean, I felt like my character was defamed,” he told ABC News. “I went outside the other day, the neighbors wouldn’t even wave at me. They don’t know what’s going on. They think I’m a whole criminal over here.”
Days after the encounter, Oyeneyin said internal affairs cops showed up at his house with some additional questions, but he refused an invitation to a file a formal complaint at a police station.
“They’ve got me scared,” he told ABC News. “I ain’t going to lie to you. I don’t know how to trust them.”
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