SF deliveryman in alleged racial profiling incident speaks out

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – “Don’t think I don’t know why you came over here and stopped me. Because you think I belong in another neighborhood.”

Antonio Chavez filmed what appears to be another racial profiling incident that has since gone viral.

Chavez was delivering Naloxone in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood when a man, who identifies himself as John in the video, approaches him and asks for identification.

Antonio, who’s behind the camera, replies “Who the f***k are you? Why are you in my business?”

John continues to ask Antonio who the boxes are for.

The video was originally posted by Lost Soul Courier Collective on Instagram and has gained more than 192,000 views and 10,203 likes.

Antonio is the founder of the collective, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harm reduction.

The collective delivers Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Fatal drug overdoses are expected to break records in San Francisco this year with the powerful opioid fentanyl continuing to push the death toll higher.

In the middle of the video, John says he called the police, to which Antonio replies “Good for you. You’ve heard of the ‘CAREN Act’? Who’s really breaking the law.”

When Antonio asks if the police are coming, John says not yet. And when asked why he approached him in the first place, John says he was ordering something.

But according to Antonio, John apparently admitted that he made an empty threat when he was no longer being filmed.

“I have a strong feeling that he wouldn’t have harassed me of I was of a lighter complexion, but this is an everyday thing when you’re a man of color living in America,” Antonio wrote on Instagram.

The video ends with Antonio setting the camera down and shouting out, “Dear Pac Heights, I’m not here to steal s***t. You f***ing happy now? I’m not here to steal s***t you f***king rich a**holes! You ain’t got nothing better to do. Why don’t you go for a hike? Go do something good with your money. Go do something positive, instead of sitting in your castle, recording me making an a** out of yourself.”

Antonio also posted a statement to Instagram after the video went viral.

“I recorded this man and said what I said for every street vendor who has been humiliated and
couldn’t speak the language, for every black man who was stopped for being in the wrong
neighborhood at the wrong time, for everyone who has had to serve people like this who spit on
us and treat us like we’re disposable; whoever related to the words I spoke. This video, and my
words were forged in the struggle, so that’s what I represent. I represent you. Rest in peace to all those who passed away in their battles with substance abuse, and rest in peace to all who have been victims of police brutality. “John,” if you’re reading this, we all want an explanation,” the statement reads.

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