A Black man out for a jog down leafy VFW Parkway in West Roxbury today reports he was stopped by three guys who got out of an SUV and tried to ask him questions and asked for his ID, at least until he took out his phone and began recording them - after they showed him badges that read "ICE" [See video].
Then, Bena Apreala reports, through a posting in the Keep Roslindale Quirky Facebook group, he asked "we're all set, sir?" and all three replied "yeah" and one told him to "enjoy his run," and he began to walk away. But then, one of the men began pointing a walkie-talkie at him and asked, "Do you have any tattoos on your left or right arms to confirm?"
He responded, "Am I free to go?" They didn't answer this time, but he again began to walk away, this time adding, "If I'm free to go then I'm not showing you anything, thank you. Have a great day guys."
Across the parkway, somebody began recording the scene as well.
According to the posting by his partner, the men pulled up, got out and said they wanted to ask him some questions:
He asked them if they were BPD and they said no and showed him their official badges. They said he fit a description of someone they were investigating and asked for his name and ID.
When Ben learned they were ICE he said “I’m not who you’re looking for I was born and raised in Boston” and they replied “that’s not all we do”. They were mostly civil except at first he said he wasn’t giving them any info and if he was free to go and they said no until they can confirm his identity. Once he told him his name and where he lived they were more civil.