A video circulating Twitter with more than 7,000 views shows Black women working on a photo shoot on a sidewalk in Texas being interrupted by a white man who claims he owns the property. He wants them to show him a permit.
“I feel like I need to call the police,” says one of the women.
“Call them, call them,” the man responds.
“Guys, this is Permit Model,” says a woman. “He is blocking our model while we are trying to shoot.
“Can you go get your paperwork, sir We don’t believe you.”
He responds, “I don’t care. You’re trespassing.”
He doesn’t move and says, “I’m going to be in your pictures.”
The models begin to pose with him remaining in the frame.
“You need to go get your [documents],” a woman says.
As they are in Texas, she then makes reference to Botham Jean, a Black man, being killed by Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer, in his own apartment.
“You guys are already busting in people’s apartments, and then saying you didn’t know it wasn’t yours,” the woman says.
“Are you saying that just because I’m white” the man, who is wearing a Beto O’Rourke pin, says.
The woman responds, “I’m saying that because you’re acting like you’re gang goofy. That’s why.”
Yahoo News, “sidewalks and any area between the sidewalk and the road are considered public property in most states.” And in Texas, “the law states that public right-of-way includes not only a street or roadway, but also sidewalks within the right-of-way.”
A Twitter using with the handle Brother Tyrone X posted the video. He, along with other social media users, commented that the women didn’t need to show a permit:
White people are not the police of black people. We don’t have to show any random white person our freedom papers to be in any place
— Brother Tyrone X (@tyrone345345) September 23, 2018
You don’t need permission to photograph on private property that is open to the public. That’s why people are allowed to take selfies in restaurants, ballparks, etc. Regardless, it’s not this dude’s responsibility to be telling people where they can and can’t take pictures.
— Thanatron143 (@thanatron143) September 22, 2018