Met Foodmarkets, a grocery store located in Brooklyn, New York, is under fire after a video of its reported owner placing a Black shopper in a chokehold has gone viral.
NEW HIGH-QUALITY VIDEO: This is the same video we posted earlier today. It’s even more disturbing in full quality. The @NYPD77Pct is enabling hate and making us less safe! #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/r5IUohHiNK
— CHTU #CancelRent (@CHTenantUnion) June 8, 2020
As other shoppers in the store cried in distress and vocalized objection to the takedown, the man – later identified as one of the store’s owners – wrestled the shopper to the ground and at points could be heard saying he has “zero tolerance for shoplifters.” The filmed incident was shared to social media by Crown Heights Tenant Union who also issued the statement:
“The police immediately handcuffed our neighbor without questions. We believe our neighbor was arrested and is currently being held at the 77th Precinct on Utica and Bergen. We call for an immediate mobilization to the 77th Precinct on Utica and Bergen to find our neighbor, and will deliberate next steps there,” the Crown Heights Tenant Union said on Facebook.
In response to the hoop-la, the grocery store took to its official Instagram handle to issue a statement and asserted the pinned man was a frequent shoplifter.
The suspected shoplifter, who reportedly suffered a shoulder injury due to the takedown, was eventually released.