Civil Leaders Call for Change After Boston Police Confrontation

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Civil Rights leaders are demanding change, after a cellphone video shows a testy encounter between a black man in Dorchester and a police officer.  They say the man says he was stopped for no reason last Thursday.

Keith Antonio claims he was targeted and harassed by the officer, who followed him in an unmarked SUV while he was walking to get his hair cut. 

Antonio taped the incident on his cellphone. It shows the officer repeatedly asking Antonio his name, where he lives, whether he has a job and why he's out walking the streets in the middle of the day. 

Antonio claims he was profiled by the officer because of the color of his skin.

WATCH:  Video Captured by Keith Antonio Being stopped and By Boston Police 
(Warning video contains crude and vulgar language). 

At some point, Antonio gave the officer the finger and called him a pig. Boston Police tell WBZ NewsRadio1030 that they're looking into the matter and are reviewing the video to see whether the officer involved violated any department rules. 

"He's being smart so I kinda retaliated in that manner, I had the right to say anything I want. I didn't get disrespectful, I just responded with a little frustration " Antonio told reporters at a press conference held on Monday.

Jamarhl Crawford of Blackstonian/Mass Police Reform says the video reflects a pattern of treatment by Boston Police.

"This type of interaction exists and not only exists but it's frequent. It's not rare, it's par for the course," Crawford said.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Kim Tunnlicliffe reports.

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