White couple charged after gun pulled on Black family in Michigan

White couple charged after gun pulled on Black family in Michigan
The white couple were arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters. Source: Oakland County Sheriff's Office
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Daily US Times: A white couple have been charged after the woman was captured on video pulling a gun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant car park in Michigan.

Eric Wuestenberg, 42, and Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, were arrested after the Wednesday night confrontation, authorities said. Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a press release that the couple were charged with felonious assault. According to the Oakland County sheriff’s office, they were later arraigned and are free on a $50,000 personal bond.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard’s statement says as a condition of the bond, they must not engage in “assaultive behavior”, turn over all firearms and not leave Michigan.

Mobile phone video captured the confrontation outside a Chipotle in Orion Township, about 40 miles (64km) northwest of Detroit.

In the video, Jillian Wuestenberg can be seen outside her vehicle, shouting, “Get the f*** away! Get away!” while pointing a handgun. She then gets back in her car, which her husband drives away.

The white couple is from Independence Township and both have concealed pistol licences, Bouchard told reporters. Police seized two handguns from the couple after they were detained.

The incident comes amid a wave of movement for racial justice in the US following the police-killing of African American George Floyd in Minnesota in May. The killing has seen protests across the country.

Car park confrontation

The Detroit News first reported on the three-minute video that shows part of the interaction.

Takelia Hill, who is Black, told the newspaper that it happened after the white woman bumped into Hill’s teenage daughter as they were entering the fast-food restaurant.

The video starts after that in the car park. Jillian Wuestenberg is heard arguing with Hill and her daughters.

She then climbs into the vehicle, rolls down the window and says, “White people aren’t racist,” and, “I care about you,” before the vehicle she was in starts to back away.

Her husband turns to the camera and asks, “Who … do you think you guys are?” using an expletive.

Then it happened, as someone is behind the vehicle, Jillian Wuestenberg jumps out and points a handgun in the direction of the person, who also appears to be recording the interaction. She screams at people to get away from her and her vehicle.

A woman is heard shouting, “She’s got a gun on me!” and urges someone in the car park to call the police.

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