Black Obama White House staffer has cops called on him while moving into new home

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A black former White House staffer to President Obama had the police called on him for burglary while moving into his new New York City apartment.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Darren Martin was moving in on the Upper West Side Friday night when police arrived. 

{mosads}A neighbor called 911 to report that someone who had a weapon or large tool was trying to break in. They complained about someone opening and banging doors. 

Martin said he felt he was racially profiled by whoever made the call that caused a half-dozen officers to come and question him.

‘“I don’t know if they watched me or saw me, through a peephole and decided to call the police and if they were, in fact, watching me,” Martin told the Post. “What I do know is true is that they made a call, a very egregious call that I think was based on profiling.”

Martin documented the incident on video and shared it on Twitter.

“The plan was to do this today in daylight, recording all the pomp that comes along with such a move,” Martin tweeted. “Well, life and work happens and you end up having to move on a Friday night at 11pm, and unexpectedly, you find yourself instead recording a very unfortunate circumstance.”

Martin and his friend were unpacking his U-Haul truck late.

“Out of necessity, I decided to bring things in, but if it was an opportunity for me to do it another time I would have,” Martin said. “You don’t want to put yourself in that situation where you’re doing everything right but because of how you look, it could get you arrested or worse. So you avoid those, if you’re trying to live your life.”

The officers began questioning him, Martin said. He told them he was a new resident but did not have his ID with him. The officers wouldn’t let him go to his apartment on the fifth floor, the Post reported.

Martin said that three officers went upstairs and let themselves into his unlocked apartment before concluding there was no burglary taking place.

Another set of New York Police Department officers arrived later on in the evening responding to a similar call.

“I knew they were here for me,” Martin said of the police showing up. “You just know.”

Martin, who is now working as an aide in the New York City government, said on Twitter that he had a “lingering pit” in his stomach over how his neighbors viewed him.

“Call the police on this Black man who DEFINITELY doesn’t live here,” Martin tweeted. “The man who worked for President Obama and now serves his fellow New Yorkers.” 

He said next time he’d wear a suit and used the hashtag #MovingWhileBlack. 

The incident follows nationwide outrage last month after two black men were arrested for sitting inside a Philadelphia Starbucks. The two ended up facing no charges.

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