He's Brown, His Grandson Is Blonde. A Woman Called The Cops To Report Him For Kidnapping.
She called police to report "a Mexican holding a white baby."
This past weekend, a southern California family was traumatized when police cars pulled up and forced grandfather Abel Mata to prove that he was not kidnapping his own grandchild.
According to his Facebook post describing the surreal experience, grandfather Abel Mata was outside, holding his granchild in his arms and loading things into his wife's car, when two police cruisers pulled up in front of him.
Racism in Torrance, CA August 30, 2020 I was putting things in Karen's (my wife) car when I was approached by Torrance finest. I was approached because a White older lady holding a samurai sword had called them to report a Mexican man (Abel Mata) holding a White baby (Milo Walker). I had to prove I was not kidnapping this White baby because of my different skin color than that of my grandson. I am so angry! When Athena Mata (Milo's mom and my daughter) came home, she started crying because of the racism I just experience. Torrance PD responded with two police cars to call of a Mexican holding a White baby. As soon I started recording with my iphone, the police officers got in their cars and sped off as you can see in the video. Update: 4:02 pm August 30, 2020 I contacted Torrance PD to see what action had been taken with the samurai sword lady. I was informed that because the sword was sheathed and she did not threatened anyone with it, the whole matter was dropped. I was further informed that carrying a sheathed sword in public is not illegal. No action will be taken against this lady. According to Torrance PD, this was an erroneous abduction call and no report was filed. My daughter Miranda summoned up today's incident by saying, "You were walking around with a baby and she was walking around with a sword and you're the one that gets in trouble." KTLA 5 News ABC7 Fox News Torrance Police DepartmentPosted by Cordova Mata on Sunday, August 30, 2020
Apparently, a woman had called the police to report "a Mexican holding a white baby," accusing Mata, a brown-skinned man, of kidnapping his own grandchild, toddler Milo Walker, who is blonde.
It turns out the woman had been lurking nearby, shouting at Mr. Mata and holding what appeared to be a samurai sword, presumably to threaten him.
"I had to prove I was not kidnapping this White baby because of my different skin color than that of my grandson. I am so angry!" writes Mata on Facebook. "When Athena Mata (Milo's mom and my daughter) came home, she started crying because of the racism I just experience."
Mata's daughter expressed her fury in her own Facebook post, writing:
"THIS SHIT HAS GOT TO STOP!!!!!!! This woman ONLY thought my dad kidnapped Milo because my dad is brown and my son is white. She was walking around with a SAMURAI SWORD and the cops kept focus on my dad, holding my son who clearly loves him. She had a weapon in her hand and they didn’t bat an eye. I hate this world."
Athena writes that her son, Milo, can't bear to be away from his "keypa," and is sad if his grandfather even "walks out to use the restroom."
When Mata later contacted the Torrance Police Department to find out what action had been taken in regards to the "samurai sword lady," he was informed that because she didn't technically threaten him with the sword, "the whole matter was dropped." "According to Torrance PD, this was an erroneos abduction call and no report was filed."
Mata writes that his other daughter, Miranda, summed up the whole situation best by saying, "You were walking around with a baby and she was walking around with a sword and you're the one that gets in trouble."
"TODO POR MI COLOR DE PIEL” Acusan a un abuelo mexicano de secuestro cuando jugaba con su nieto rubio
"TODO POR MI COLOR DE PIEL” Acusan a un abuelo mexicano de secuestro cuando jugaba con su nieto rubio. https://bit.ly/2GiheHFPosted by Mundo Hispánico on Thursday, September 3, 2020
Unfortunately, calling the police on people of color for just living their lives isn't new. But, thanks to video and social media, people are now able to draw attention to instances of racial profiling.
As a society, we must stop judging people by the color of their skin. In order to eradicate prejudice, the work starts at home, in our own minds and hearts, but it continues in the streets, in the courts, and in the voting booth.