'Just because he's black doesn't mean he's here to rob a house. He works for us, he's been in this neighbourhood for 30 years.'
This is the moment an attorney stopped police from arresting a disabled black man on suspicion of burgling a house almost a mile away.
Jody Westby came out of her house in Foxhall Crescent, Washington to see an officer preparing to search 64-year-old Dennis Stucky, a local handy man who told officers he was disabled.
Demanding to know why he was being detained, Mrs Westby was told police received reports of a burlgary and stopped him as a possible suspect.
Anger: Jody Westby (right) accosted a police officer when she saw Dennis Stucky (center) being detained
Support: Mrs Westby rushed to help Mr Stuckey as her housekeeper in Washington filmed the ordeal
'We have a burglar alarm,' one of the officers said. 'He's coming with bags.'
But after intense questioning, captured on video by her housekeeper, Mrs Wetsby discovered the burglary was in another neighborhood three-quarters of a mile away and there were no grounds for suspicion.