Black Couple Visiting Apple Farm Searched and Falsely Accused of Stealing 6 Apples

An Massachusetts farm is apologizing after calling the police on a Black couple and falsely accused them of stealing apples. Manikka Bowman and Jeff Myers, the couple paid more than $100 for admission to go apple picking. Along with food and drinks on a visit to Connor’s Farm, a tourist attraction in Danvers. However, the couple was subjected to racial profiling after being confronted by farm staff over apples they placed at the bottom of their child’s stroller that didn’t fit into the prepaid apple-picking bag.

Bowman, a vice-chair of the city’s school committee, said a security guard approached her and searched her purse. According to AP News, a manager of the farm called the police when the couple insisted someone give them the contact information for the owners of the farm. The officer allegedly accused them of “playing the race card” the couple said.

“The couple posted on a blog, “By jumping straight to an assumption of theft, Connors Farm created a scene, harassing us and causing our 7-year-old to burst into tears, anguish that lasted well into the evening,” the couple wrote. “We are left wondering, was it e

The farm has issued a public apology in a Facebook post.

“We regret the incident that happened this past weekend. We have extended our personal apology to the family. We do our best to train our employees to handle all customer issues with courtesy and respect at all times. We are taking further steps to ensure that staff will undergo diversity, equity and inclusion training. Please know that everybody is welcome on our farm.”

Bowman and Myers released a statement asking for a written apology, a refund will go toward a donation to the Essex County Community Foundation’s racial equity work.

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