Let’s Discuss: Video Surveillance Shows Girl WAS Stealing From The Asian-Owned Beauty Supply Store

Last week, many of us were enraged upon seeing the video of a Black woman being accused of theft and choked by an Asian Beauty Supply Store manager.

The original video can be seen here:

The store has since issued the full video surveillance which shows the woman in question stealing. Watch the video below:

I’ve re-watched this video a few times, and the more I watch it the more I lean towards understanding the store manager’s position. Was he unprofessional? Yes. Did he use excessive force? Yes. However, if I were in a similar situation where I confronted a thief and said thief proceeded to become violently combative I may have lost my cool, too.  This is hard because I so want to be on her side, fully, but I can’t ignore her own actions.

What do you think?

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  1. Her actions do not justify his. You do not throw someone on the ground and put them in a choke hold he could have killed her. He had every right to detain her it’s the way he went about it, when she started to fight he should have let her go and let the police handle it.

  2. She is a thief. The store owner has a right to protect his property. I don’t care if it was something that cost 50 cents. He should get his property by any means necessary. A thief is a thief. I don’t care what color or race she is. Take her down. I hope she got arrested

  3. She wouldn’t have this problem if she wasn’t up in there stealing. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but had she kept her klepto butt out of their store, we wouldn’t be discussing this.

    1. you are right! I watched this again and was pissed at her myself.

  4. Just a guy says:

    Cheryl, she hits him, he takes her down…it’s called self-defense.

    Lisa, how are you SOOOO sure that this wouldn’t happen to a white, thin girl?

    1. of course I’m not sure. He was excessive because she pissed him off by being a thief and combative. This one isn’t so cut and dry.

  5. ShawnTe Pierce says:

    Her stealing does not negate his criminal assault. While she is dead wrong for stealing, I wish she had someone in her corner to advise her to file a police report against the store owner for assault.

  6. First of all I work retail and we’re always told that you’re not supposed to put your hand on anybody and stop them from leaving because technically it’s not stealing until they leave the store , secondly people get killed over stuff like this I mean if it was a robbery because you’re so busy trying to protect the thift. I don’t think you should ever put your hands on anyone that stealing or anyone.

  7. As a former retail employee + bank employee, if somebody is stealing, you notify the authorities immediately. You don’t try and be a hero. They were both wrong with their actions.

  8. If she hadn’t been stealing, none of this would have happened. I would have been angry too. I hope she learned her lesson.

  9. Ron Mcray says:

    I have also worked retail and you are not supposed to touch a thief. The problem I see is the retailer holding her down with his forearm on her throat. Have we not seen this before, what if she couldn’t catch her breath. The possibility of killing someone isn’t worth those items. This woman was wrong no doubt, but this was excessive force. She really should go to jail, she put her own life on the line. Asian already believe everyone that is AA is a thief and don’t care about our lives. It would be better if they open a store in their community, because they don’t steal! Nobody steals but AA, so why do they open these stores in our community since only AA steal!

  10. I don’t see any unnecessary use of force. If the shopkeeper repeatedly punched her I would be against him. But against a bigger person who is reacting violently, a choke hold to subdue is the best you can do. There was no way that woman was gonna stay there waiting for authorities to get there. She needed to be subdued and in that situation I would say thats the best that could have been done.

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