African-American Airbnb Customers Swarmed By Police Cars, Helicopter During Checkout


The Rialto Police Department received notice of legal action by three Airbnb customers who claim they were detained by the officers when they were checking out of the facility, following a racially motivated caller tipping the police off about a burglary in progress.

The lawsuit was filed following an incident that took place on April 30 outside an Airbnb rental in California. Four people were checking out and loading their luggage on to a car when they were suddenly surrounded by seven police cars and a law enforcement helicopter, which began tracking them. Three of the four people surrounded by the police at the time were African-American women.

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, one of the four people, posted her account of the event on Facebook.

“The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put…

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