Comedian Jay Pharaoh recalled Friday how Los Angeles police held him at gunpoint, knocked him to the ground and knelt on his neck while handcuffing him during a recent fake detention.
Cops let the former “Saturday Night Live” alumnus leave after discovering it was an identity error, Pharaoh said in a video he shared on Instagram containing what appeared to be images of the incident.
“I could easily have been an Ahmaud Arbery or a George Floyd,” admitted Pharaoh, who left SNL in 2016.
“And I’m not and I can tell my story,” he added, urging young black people to “learn about the laws” to “understand what the cops are telling you, so if they’re trying to return anything to you,” they have “the knowledge and the power to overturn that.” The incident occurred in April, “about a week” before images of the death of Ahmaud Arbery, Pharaoh said.
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“The person in the Instagram post was arrested as a possible suspect in a crime,” a Los Angeles police spokesman told ABC Eyewitness News. It was determined that he was the wrong suspect and he was released. The incident is under investigation.