By The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — A parking dispute at a social justice gathering in Detroit ended with a White business owner spitting on a Black security guard, who captured the altercation on video and posted it on Facebook.
Ibrahim Mission was providing security at the event Tuesday when Detroit Mercantile Co. owner Robert Stanzler grew disgruntled over some participants parking on his property, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Stanzler asked Mission to stop people from parking near his business, which sells antiques and Michigan wares. Mission told Stanzler to speak to the building owner, and Stanzler responded by making an offensive hand gesture and spitting on Mission’s face.
Maxyne Franklin said members of her group were moving their cars during the incident. Franklin said it was “outrageously disgusting behavior and completely unnecessary.”
Police arrested Stanzler for simple assault. He was released Wednesday and apologized, calling his actions “unconscionable, offensive and disrespectful.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions, and want to convey regret for my gross and despicable behavior during the course of my argument with Mr. Mission,” Stanzler said.
He also apologized to those who witnessed the incident, his staff, other business owners in the area and Detroit residents.
Mission, who grew up in Detroit, said he has worked security at many different types of events with people from all backgrounds.
“I’ve encountered somebody saying a racial slur, somebody not being too happy with security, but never ran into where an individual, especially a White individual, felt comfortable enough to spit on me,” he said.
Mission said Stanzler’s actions were humiliating and disrespectful.
He said, “People like this should not be allowed to be in this community of Detroit and be able to feel they could take such liberties with helpers.”