A disturbing video showing a black home appliance and furniture delivery driver being held against his will in an Oklahoma City area neighborhood has now gone viral on Facebook, with many believing that the driver was held because he was black.
In the footage captured by Travis Miller himself, David Stewart, who identified himself as the homeowners association president, blocks Miller in, while demanding that he reveal where he is headed in the Ashford Hills neighborhood.
“I want to know where you’re going,” Stewart says as his white Subaru continues blocking Miller’s vehicle.
Miller is then heard replying, “It’s none of your business. I’m going out; that’s where I’m going.” Looking into the camera, he then explains what is going on: “Got me blocked in so I can’t leave.”
Nearly thirty minutes into the encounter, another homeowner joins Stewart, also demanding that Miller tell him how he was able to enter the gated community and what was his purpose in being there.
“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 second man says to Miller. However, Miller refused to reveal his customer’s personal information to the men. At some point, Stewart told Miller that he was calling the police, though they never arrived. Almost an hour later, Stewart finally moved his vehicle.
“They must have contacted the customer because the customer came around, and Stewart moved out the way,” Miller explained to KFOR on Wednesday. “I don’t know what prompted him to, or what has happened in that neighborhood, for him to respond the way he did.”
Miller, visibly shaken to the point of tears, reached out to authorities himself, not wanting to appear that he was attempting to run from police if they were, in fact, on the way.
“He said that he called the cops back and let them know that everything was clear, but I didn’t want to leave and have it seem like I was fleeing the scene or anything like that,” Miller told the dispatcher.
“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,” Miller said. “I just did the best I could to make sure I didn’t make a bad situation worse.”