Ezekiel Phillips was listening to a bikram yoga CD in his car when a white woman called the police on him in Long Beach, California.
Phillips told KTTV that he had dropped someone off and decided to take a 30-minute break before going to his yoga class, which was nearby.
Phillips said was listening to his CD in when a woman walked up to his car an scolded him:
You’re not supposed to be here. This is a good neighborhood. At that moment I’m like, “wait hold up.” Have a good day ma’am. Namaste. And I rolled my window up.
She took her phone out; started taking pictures, filming doing whatever she was doing. Hey I went to film school. I can take film as well. So I got out the car, I started filming her as soon as I start filming her, “what are you doing? Leave me alone! I’m feeling threatened. Help! Help!” It was one of those.
The woman then called 911:
I noticed him two houses up from my parents’ house and I’m like, you know and he’s waving to me. I don’t know who he is.
I go “why are you sitting in your car in our neighborhood?” And he goes “I’m resting” and I’m like “you weren’t two blocks back.”
She also claimed that Phillips followed her:
I can’t get away from him! Get away from me!
Phillips said he was going to leave, but decided to stay:
I thought about it. ‘If I leave, it’s looking like I’m guilty of whatever she’s talking about.
The 911 operator asked the woman:
Ma’am. When you say he attacked other persons, what did he do to them?
The woman responded with this shocking claim:
He’s trying to give his business card to this other guy that I’m proof that he didn’t do anything to me.
Because the woman felt threatened, the Long beach Police Department calling 911 was within reason. even though the police said no crime had happened.
Phillips warned that people could and have lost their lives over false accusations to the police:
It’s no longer cool to allow your discomfort to say that my discomfort is more valuable than the potential fact that this call, your life can be taken.