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Bob Marley's granddaughter Donisha Prendergast to sue Rialto cops


Filmmaker Donisha Prendergast (pictured), 33, and her two friends were confused for burglars in the San Bernardino suburb last week while packing their belongings into a car

Filmmaker Donisha Prendergast (pictured), 33, and her two friends were confused for burglars in the San Bernardino suburb last week while packing their belongings into a car

One of Bob Marley’s granddaughters is planning to sue Rialto Police Department in California after she was questioned by cops while leaving a house she rented through Airbnb.

Filmmaker Donisha Prendergast, 33, and her two friends were confused for burglars in the San Bernardino suburb last week while packing their belongings into a car. 

A resident in the street called 911 because he or she did not ‘recognize the vehicle or the people as neighbors or the homeowner’.

The trio – which also included Kells Fyffe Marshall and Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan – were released when the officers established they were indeed Airbnb guests. 

But Prendergast – the daughter of Sharon Marley, who was adopted by Bob Marley – took to Instagram to attack police and to link the incident to race. 

She wrote: ‘So much things to say right now…. Got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood.

The trio - which also included Kells Fyffe Marshall and Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan - were released when the officers established they were indeed Airbnb guests. Pictured: Prendergast and an officer 

The trio – which also included Kells Fyffe Marshall and Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan – were released when the officers established they were indeed Airbnb guests. Pictured: Prendergast and an officer 

‘I’m sad and irritated to see that fear is still the first place police officers go in their pursuit to serve and protect, to the point that protocol supersedes their ability to have discernment.’

She added: ‘Many have suffered and died in moments like these. That’s a crazy reality check. Give Thanks for life, and the ability to stand our ground. We are stronger together. Use your voice collectively.

‘We have a right to be right.’

Kells Fyffe-Marshall, meanwhile, also linked the incident to race. 

She wrote that ‘about 10 seconds’ after they carried their luggage into the cars, ‘we were surrounded by 7 cop cars’. 

She went on: ‘They locked down the neighborhood and had us standing in the street. Why? A neighbour across the street saw 3 black people packing luggage into their car and assumed we were stealing from the house. She then called the police.’

Kells Fyffe-Marshall

An officer attending the scene

Kells Fyffe-Marshall (left), meanwhile, also linked the incident to race. She wrote that ‘about 10 seconds’ after they carried their luggage into the cars, ‘we were surrounded by 7 cop cars’. Right: An officer attending the scene 

Fyffe-Marshall also contended that the ‘cops admit that the woman’s reason for calling the police was because we didn’t WAVE to her as she looked at us putting our luggage into our car from her lawn’. 

She said they were held ‘for 45 minutes’ while the police ‘figured it out’. 

According to the New York Daily News, Prendergast is now suing the police department. 

She is reportedly being represented by Jasmine Rand, a lawyer based in Miami.





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