A 13-second video clip started circulating on social media last week and was eventually reposted to Instagram by rapper Jack Harlow. Insider reports it was filmed near the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta on a night Harlow was performing.
In the video, two cops and a Black woman are having some sort of verbal altercation and the woman can be heard saying, “All I wanted to do was go to a Jack Harlow concert.”
As she becomes more agitated, the officer suddenly shoots his arm out and grabs her by the through with no warning. It’s a very disturbing gesture and Harlow was disturbed by it, too. On Thursday, he shared the video and commented that he wanted to find the woman and the officers involved, because he wanted the latter fired.
“This video came to my attention a few hours ago,” wrote Harlow. “When I watched it I was disgusted by that cop and all I wanted to do was make something good happen for this girl immediately…I told the world to help me identify her so I could find a way to give her a hug and give her as many tickets to as many shows as she wants.”
He continued, “But that’s not enough and it is not a solution to a systemic issue that people who don’t look like me have to face. The next step is identifying this police officer and getting him unemployed as fast as we can. Assaulting a young woman and putting his hands on her neck is sickening. I look out in the crowd every night and see black women in my front row…screaming my lyrics, traveling to see me, supporting me, riding for me. I want this woman, and every black woman that supports me to know – I am so sorry. I want you to be protected and I want this guy to lose his job so f-cking fast. I love you. Let’s find this officer.”
A representative from the Cobb County Police Department that there is an internal investigation happening and that they are “aware” of the video.
“The incident is going through an internal review to get a full understanding of the entire incident before any potential action is taken,” they said in a statement.
People have been appreciating Harlow’s statement while acknowledging that it’s not enough, because this sort of casual violence targeting Black women is all too common and most of it is not caught on video. One TikTok user shared the clip and her perspective on why it’s so important for men to use their platform to stick up for women and Black women in particular.
“Growing up with hip-hop in the ’80s and the ’90s and watching women being beaten and, you know, assaulted, and everybody just kind of glazes over it and won’t talk about it … to see an actual performer going to bat for Black women when our own haven’t, wow, that speaks volumes,” wrote @21bluelash.