It's not racist to mistake one car for another, or to imagine that a house broken into on July 24 might be targeted again eight days later. It's not racist for police to respond to a suspected crime in progress with caution and to follow the procedures they learned in training.
Conceding all of those points, it remains preposterous to say that this incident had nothing to do with race - race multiplied by gender. Any number of White real estate agents in actual black Mercedes sedans could have pulled up to that house, opened that lockbox and gone inside, without a peep to 911. If the neighbors even noticed, they would have thought: house for sale, Sunday afternoon, a buyer must be interested.
What is clear from the recordings is that no one - not the caller, not the dispatcher, not the police - seriously considered the possibility that Brown was a real estate agent, even though Sunday afternoon is prime time for house-shopping but less so for breaking and entering. A series of assumptions were made, starting with the assumption that this Black man in a Hyundai must perforce be some other Black man in a Mercedes - perhaps you've heard the classically racist saying, "They all look alike to me"?
When the police saw Black men in the house they assumed a crime was in progress, and only concrete proof made them change their minds.
Something is very wrong when three citizens going peacefully about their business are suddenly surrounded by guns, taken into custody and forced to prove their innocence. And the worst part of the video is this: The three don't seem astonished.
Everything was by the book, just as the city officials insisted. The problem is, we're reading from more than one book. Theirs says very clearly: Shopping while Black - like driving while Black, or walking while Black, or playing while Black " can be dangerous.