This is in stark contrast to police arrests of mentally ill Black suspects armed with a knife.
Charlottesville police were seen on video peacefully arresting a white suspect Friday night at the Downtown Mall who held an African-American man at knifepoint and threatened bystanders.
Officers arrested the unidentified man, who appeared to be mentally ill, for attempted malicious wounding, News One reported.
A cellphone video from an eyewitness of the incident circulated on social media and went viral. It begins with the Black man on his hands and knees and the white suspect standing over him apparently holding a knife.
The suspect rambles on incoherently about people getting killed. At one point, he threatens a person who was recording the incident, as well as other bystanders.
When the police arrived, they calmly called the suspect “sir” and asked him to step aside before placing him in handcuffs.
The victim reportedly suffered a cut to his hand, but the violent assault could have ended much worse him.