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White Owner Of Detroit Business Allegedly Spits On Black Man Over Parking Dispute

A video was posted of the incident.

July 18, 2018 - 6:13 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Some are calling the dispute over parking in Detroit a racial incident ... but there's no doubt the incident turned ugly -- all captured on video. 

The white owner of a popular gallery in Eastern Market is under fire for allegedly spitting on a black man in a dispute over parking.  Ibrahim Mission posted a video online of Detroit Mercantile Owner Robert Stanzler first giving him the finger, then spitting on him. 

Mission says he was providing security for the non-profit film group the DOC Society next door, when Stanzler became irate that the patrons were parking in his lot. 

Mission pulled out his cell phone camera to record what happened next as Stanzler flipped him off and then spit at him. 

According to reports Stanzler was arrested. It's not known if he has been charged. 

The group holding the event is calling for a boycott of the Detroit business - billed as celebrating "our shared past while introducing our customers to new products. Like the mercantile and general stores of the past ..."

A call to Detroit Mercantile by WWJ Newsradio 950 before 5 p.m. went unanswered.