White Detroit Mercantile owner under fire for spitting on young black man over parking dispute

The white owner of The Detroit Mercantile Co. is under fire for appearing to spit on a young black man who was coordinating parking for an event at The Eastern venue in the Eastern Market.

Video of the incident involving Detroit Mercantile owner Robert Stanzler went viral after it was posted Tuesday on social media by Ibrahim Muhammad, who was recording it with a phone camera. The video shows Stanzler flipping off Muhammad before spitting on him.

Witnesses called Stanzler’s behavior “vile” and “violent,” and have called for a boycott of Detroit Mercantile. The shop sells Detroit-centric clothing, home goods, and other products.…

Original published: 2018-07-18 15:42:00 Read the full Detroit News here

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