Bob Marley’s granddaughter Donisha Prendergast was briefly detained by the police in California after her white neighbour called 911 because Donisha refused to wave at her.
According to Loop Jamaica, the actress and filmmaker, who is the daughter of Sharon Marley, and three of her friends were leaving an AirBnB home to prepare for an event, when a neighbour called the police on them, and when the police arrived, Donisha shared details on her social media.
“There are four police officers here,” said 33 year old Donisha in a live video post. “We watched your neighbour call the police.”
The police demanded that the owner appear in person to verify the identity of Donisha, who apparently was the one who booked the accommodation, and then an officer told Donisha that she was being detained along the street in order for the officers to investigate and to “cover all our bases”.
“You are investigating but I have a lot of sh*t to do. I have an event to do,” she told the officer, and later added on her Instagram post: “So much things to say right now. I got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood.”
She continued: “I am sad and irritated to see that fear is still the first place police officers go in their pursuit to serve and protect, to the point that protocol supersedes their ability to have discernment. Many have suffered and died in moments like these. That’s crazy reality check. Give thanks for life and the ability to stand our ground. We are stronger together. Use your voice collectively.”
While this has stirred outrage among the black community, the police had yet to give statement on this as at press time.