Cruel, Nosy And White Oklahoma Residents Prevent Black Delivery Driver From Being Able To Exit Gated Community
Two white men decided to stop a Black driver for no reason.
May 14, 2020 at 11:03 pm
A Black delivery man in Oklahoma City was stopped and harassed by two white men demanding that he give them his personal information.
As a way to protect himself, Travis Miller was forced to turn on Facebook Live and call his boss to show what was happening to him. Miller was delivering a package in a mail truck to a home in a gated neighborhood in Ashford Hills.
After dropping off the package, Miller was trying to get out of the gated community but was boxed in by a man named David Stewart who demanded to know why he was there and how he got in.
Even after Miller told him one of the community residents gave him the gate code to get in so he could deliver the package, Stewart refused to let him out, claiming Miller had to give him his information.
“I want to know where you’re going,” Stewart said.
When Miller refused, Stewart became irate and said he was the homeowners association president and repeatedly said he "owns the 1/18 of the land."
The delivery driver then begins to stream the situation on Facebook Live, telling the audience that he was doing it to protect himself in case the police arrested him. He called his boss and explained the situation again.
"Flagged me down and just began to throw out a barrage of questions. 'What are you doing here? Why are you in here? Where are you coming from?'" Miller said in the video.
"I was gripping the steering wheel, and I made sure I kept my seat belt on," Miller said. "I locked the doors, tried to keep the window up. I knew if I get out this truck, no matter what happened, I would have been in the wrong," he said. "I always say to myself, 'I'm going to go home to my wife and my kids'" he added.
Stewart eventually brought over another white man who continued to accost Miller and demand more information, but he refused. In the video, Miller said he was being unlawfully detained and repeatedly asked Stewart to just move his car and let him out.
“All we want to know is why you’re in here and who gave you the gate code. That’s all we need to know,” the man said.
Stewart and the unidentified man he brought over left to speak with the person Miller delivered the package to. Stewart refused to apologize but backed out of the street and drove away after speaking to that person.
Out of fear of seeming like he would be fleeing from the police, Miller called the person who he gave the package to and called the police to confirm that it was OK for him to leave.
The video garnered thousands of views and dozens of comments from people praying for his safety.
“I don’t know what prompted him to, or what has happened in that neighborhood, for him to respond the way he did,” Miller said in an interview with KFOR.
The situation highlighted the extraordinary lengths Black people have to go to in order to protect themselves from white people who decide to take the law into their own hands. Miller even said in the video that he has had multiple deaths in the family recently and could have responded better to the ridiculous questioning from Stewart.
“I just know that emotionally, it was hard to maintain restraint, especially when I’m dealing with death in the family, two family members within two days of each other. I just did the best I could to not make a bad situation worse,” Miller told KFOR.
KFOR and other local news outlets tried to reach Stewart but did not get a response.