Jermaine Smith stands at a press conference outside the Chicago Police Department 9th District station on September 12, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times
CHICAGO (CBS)—Protesters on Wednesday were calling on Chicago police to take action against a Bridgeport resident and firefighter accused of pulling a gun on someone as he ran a work-related errand.
CBS 2 first talked to the man, Jermayne Smith, after he says a man who was later identified as a firefighter mistook him for a criminal breaking into a car.
Smith says the man—who is not being named by CBS because he hasnt been charged—identified himself as a cop and pulled out a gun and said, Get on the ground. What are you doing in the neighborhood? Get on the ground before I shoot you, Smith recalled.
Police arrived on the scene and placed Smith in handcuffs as officers talked with the man with the gun.
Police officers, according to Smith, asked the man whether Smith touched the car and he said he did not.
A small group of protesters gathered outside the 9th District police station with copies of a letter they plan to give to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Pastor William Fleishman said the situation boils down to a racial issue. He and other protesters believe the man should be charged with a crime.
If he would have run out of his home and if we would have announced himself as a police officer brandishing a gun and forced a white male to the ground—if it would take two-and-a-half weeks for him to be apprehended or not, Fleishman said.