A prominent Black Lives Matter activist said Tuesday he was stopped by security at Midway International Airport and missed his flight.
DeRay Mckesson, a Baltimore man who has become one of the most visible faces of that civil rights movement, took to Twitter Tuesday morning after the incident to express his frustration with the Transportation Security Administration.
Mckesson said that a TSA agent stopped him because the agent believed he was moving too quickly, and was going to call the police.
“I told him that he can call who he needs to call. He then called his supervisor. I missed the flight.”
The supervisor, Mckesson added, “was as helpful as she could be. But do your agents threaten folks w/ calling the police regularly?”
“We are aware of it and we’re looking into it,” said Michael McCarthy, a TSA spokesman for the Chicago area.
Mckesson grew up in the Baltimore area, then worked in Brooklyn through Teach for America. He was a teacher in Minneapolis when a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014. After protesting in Ferguson,and documenting the rising anger over race relations, Mckesson decided to return to Baltimore, where he is a candidate for mayor in next month’s election.
He ended his Twitter posts on the Midway incident by saying he would file a formal complaint.
“The agent was at the ‘random’ check-point,” Mckesson said in one Tweet. “But he stopped me b/c he had the power to do so. There was nothing random about it.”
Contributing: Stefano Esposito, Associated Press
— deray mckesson (@deray) October 25, 2016