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Store worker calls police because customer is ‘arrogant’ and ‘black’

SANTA FE – A Santa Fe Allsup’s convenience store employee was captured on cellphone video calling police on a customer because she said he was acting arrogantly and for being black.

Jordan McDowell, a student at Xavier University in New Orleans who says he was visiting Santa Fe to study Native American culture, shared the cellphone video he made with KRQE-TV in Albuquerque. It shows the female employee presumably on the phone with the regional dispatch center.

“And I want him out of the store right now,” she said. “Because he’s being arrogant, because he’s black.”

The incident took place about 8 p.m. Friday at the Allsup’s at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and South Guadalupe Street. The dispatch log provided by police says the caller said there was a kid at the store who is black and she wanted him removed. It also says that he was being a “jerk.”

She later told a police officer whom McDowell flagged down, “He’s not the only one that I do that (expletive) to, because you see all the natives that walk in here, the drunks or whoever.”

Santa Fe police say they did not dispatch an officer to the store because no crime had been committed and there was no threat to the caller or other concerning circumstances. But soon after the incident McDowell got the attention of a police officer who was passing by. That encounter was recorded by the police officer.

McDowell told the officer that he was in the store and bought some candy. But before he did, “She said, ‘Hey, you’re looking sketchy, you’re looking sketchy. You’re picking stuff up, you’re putting stuff down; you’re looking sketchy,'” he told the officer.

At that point the store manager came out and told McDowell to leave the store, McDowell said.

McDowell left the store after purchasing a pack of Sour Patch Kids candy but then went back into the store again. That’s when the employee called police and McDowell started recording what was happening on his cellphone.

The woman told the police officer that McDowell had been wandering around the store for about 15 minutes before he was asked to leave. She said she was keeping an eye on him because that’s her job. The officer recorded her comment about natives and drunks.

The Journal contacted Allsup’s corporate offices in Clovis by phone and email seeking comment. Those messages were not returned Thursday.

After KRQE aired its story Wednesday, McDowell’s video drew widespread attention. Media outlets such as the Huffington Post, The Hill, and Newsweek posted stories online that included links or embedded video of the TV station’s report.

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