The police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has caused many to recall their own terrifying experiences dealing with law enforcement. Model Ajak Deng told to Instagram to share her own encounter that left her fearing for her life.
The Sudanese model, who has been vocal about the lack of diversity in the fashion industry, posted a series of videos sharing her memories of a night that could have resulted in her own death. She added that a neighbor who heard the commotion started to film the encounter, which Deng believes defuse the tension and may have saved her life.
Deng also recalled that when she told her agent about the harrowing experience, her concerns fell on deaf ears. "White people love Black people, it's all in your head," the agent said dismissively. "Relax. Breath. Let it go. We love you."
With tears in her eyes, Deng says that she has been "heartbroken" about all the police brutality and what Black people in America have to deal with.
Watch her tell the story below:
There are likely thousands more stories just like this. It's incredibly brave and important for people like Deng to come forward and share the ways that police brutality have affected them.
Unfortunately her agent was not a sensitive to her concerns, but maybe that helped encourage her to post the story online further exposing the institutionalized racism that exists in the police department, in the fashion industry and the country.
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