If there’s anything we’ve learned from the ability to film any moment thanks to cell phone cameras, it’s that black Americans face dangers every time they walk out their front door. That lesson was learned once again in a viral video on Thursday of a white couple, Eric and Jillian Wuestenberg, who harassed a black woman and her three daughters while Jillian held a gun on them.
Police confiscated their loaded weapons and they will be arraigned later today.
Eric Wuestenberg worked as a coordinator for veterans support services at Oakland University. On Thursday, the university said he had been fired. https://t.co/oO0Vn0Jyh4
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 2, 2020
The incident began when Jillian reportedly bumped into a 15-year-old girl, who asked for an apology. The woman began berating her, her two sisters, and her mother. When one of the girls accused Jillian of being “ignorant” and “racist,” she pulled a gun on the four women and continued screaming that her life was in danger, repeatedly calling 911.
According to The Detroit News:
‘Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper charged Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, each with one count of felonious assault, a four-year felony. The Independence Township couple each possessed one loaded firearm and CPL licenses, Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. The couple is expected to be arraigned later Thursday.’
This is 32yo Jillian Wuestenberg. According to the article she's licensed to carry in Michigan. Does anyone know the process of getting her license revoked?https://t.co/hcR9PHXpYQ
— Amanda Huggankiss (@vanderHOODsen) July 2, 2020
The incident ended when Eric Wuestenberg exited his vehicle, began yelling at the four women, and led Jillian into his vehicle. As they pulled away, Jillian told the girls’ mother that “you cannot just walk around calling white people racist. … White people aren’t racist. … I care about you, and I’m sorry if you had an incident that has made someone make you feel like that. No one is racist.” Never once did she seem to understand that seeing a black woman and three black girls as enough of a threat to deserve a gun pointed at their heads is racist in itself. It seems none of the “Karens” ever do.
‘During a Thursday afternoon press conference at Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Pontiac, the department played six 911 calls that came in around 6 p.m. Wednesday, one allegedly from Jillian Wuestenberg, saying she felt threatened and two females were damaging her car in the parking lot on the 4900 block of South Baldwin, near Interstate 75.
‘Other calls came from Chipotle employees and bystanders who saw a white woman holding a gun aimed at several Black females in the parking lot.’
Twitter was thrilled to hear that the Wuestenbergs will answer for their actions. Read some of their comments below:
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