Porsha Williams’ Ex Says He Was Handcuffed & Accused of Stealing $4 Sandwich

Porsha Williams’ ex-fiancé Dennis McKinley revealed that he was racially profiled and handcuffed by police. 

Racial profiling is still happening, and this time it happened to a celebrity.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams’ ex-fiancé Dennis McKinley was accosted by Police in Emory on July 26, 2019, accused of stealing and handcuffed.

“It happens to us everywhere, at any time, for any reason. I can’t let this go…. Now, we can add going to the doctor or buying a sandwich while black to the list of things we cannot do.” Dennis McKinley

FALSELY ACCUSED OF STEALING

McKinley, who was at Emory Healthcare Center for a medical appointment, stepped into a restaurant for a sandwich, and ended up handcuffed, accused of stealing the food he had just paid for.

A video shot by an onlooker which McKinley shared on Instagram, shows him sitting handcuffed in a chair while a female Police Officer stands over him haranguing him.

"I had a receipt which could have easily ended her inquiry. There was a cashier that could have easily verified that I paid for everything I had. There were a number of easy resolutions that could have deescalated the unnecessary racial profiling and my detention by this officer,” McKinley said.

McKinley described the Emory Police Department's behavior as shameful, and frightening.

POLICE OFFICER PUT HER HANDS ON HER WEAPON

McKinley revealed that the officer put her hands on her weapon, and handcuffed him while he kept telling her that he had a receipt, and to ask the cashier.

“(She) chose aggression over common sense. She put her hands on her weapon, she put her hands on me, she publicly humiliated me, falsely and wrongfully accused me of stealing a sandwich and placed me in handcuffs so tight that she caused injuries to both of my wrists,” he said.

DENNIS MCKINLEY'S WRISTS WERE INJURED

McKinley shared a series of photos of receipt of the food he paid for, and the weals left on his wrists by the too-tight handcuffs.

The Emory Police Department released a statement:

“An Emory Police Department officer detained an individual suspected of not paying for an item. Once the officer learned the individual had purchased it, he was released.”

And that's all, folks. 

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Yesterday I was accosted by a super aggressive Emory police officer #BethWalsh badge #215 who racially profiled me and falsely accused me of stealing a $4 sandwich. I had a receipt which could have easily ended her inquiry. There was a cashier that could have easily verified that I paid for everything I had. There were a number of easy resolutions that could have deescalated the unnecessary racial profiling and my detention by this officer. Instead, this Emory police officer chose to abuse her power. She chose aggression over common sense. She put her hands on her weapon, she put her hands on me, she publicly humiliated me, falsely and wrongfully accused me of stealing a sandwich and placed me in handcuffs so tight that she caused injuries to both of my wrists. I was profiled. She was wrong. No apology. Just more vitriol - she blamed me for the entire situation. It was disgusting. I could have been the next hashtag because she was that aggressive. I went to see my doctor for a routine dr visit at @emoryhealthcare Emory hospital. Stopped to grab a sandwich. And this is what happened. It happens to us everywhere, at any time, for any reason. I can’t let this go. This is not ok. I’ve retained counsel @miketsterling and @dreyer_sterling_llc. Now, we can add going to the doctor or buying a sandwhich while black to the list of things we cannot do. @emoryuniversity @emoryhealthcare @emorypolice #goingtothedoctorwhileblack #buyingasandwhichwhileblack #racialprofiling #sallysandwich

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DENNIS MCKINLEY IS DETERMINED TO FIGHT BACK

McKinley has said in no uncertain terms that he is not letting the incident go, revealing that once the officer found out that he had paid for his food, she not only did not apologize - she blamed him for the entire situation.

McKinley has hired lawyer Mike Sterling to represent him, Sterling is married to RHOA’s Eva Marcille.

Sterling commented: “If no one objects or fights back, the wrongs will last forever.”

McKinley’s representative released a statement in which he expressed the pain and anguish of being racially profiled, and being wrongly accused simply because of the way he looked.

"They don’t understand what it’s like to be viewed as a criminal for no reason at all, except how you look; they don’t understand what it’s like to falsely accused of something you did not do; publicly humiliated for no reason at all; handcuffed like a criminal; detained without provocation; and completely frightened to death that you could be shot by an overly aggressive police officer over a $4 sandwich."

McKinley described the Emory Police Department's behavior as shameful, and frightening.

What is trully frightening is that even going out for a sandwich can lead to this kind of violent incident that could easily have ended in yet another shooting of a black man by a Police Officer.

DENNIS MCKINLEY AND PORSHA WILLIAMS: THE WEDDING IS OFF

Dennis McKinley and reality star Porsha Williams, who share an adorable baby girl, Pilar Jhena, got engaged in October 2018, and fans were eagerly anticipating the date of the happy event. At the time, Porsha decided to postpone the wedding and explained:

“I didn’t postpone a wedding cause I’m unsure. I postponed a wedding because I’m pregnant. We put that on hold. I’m pregnant so I don’t want to deal with nothing that has to do with stress." 

Porsha and Dennis welcomed Pilar Jhena McKinley on March 22, 2019, and sadly, just three months after that happy event the couple has announced that the engagement is over, but the reality star's fans keep hoping for a romantic reconciliation.

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