Racial profiling is strongly discouraged by law enforcement agencies across the country, yet the practice still exists. And some citizens seem to be stepping up their profiling games. This latest incident, a white woman who called the police on a black man who was babysitting two white kids, is a solid example of what happens when the profilers get it wrong.
Corey Lewis was babysitting a 10-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother Sunday in suburban Atlanta.
The trio went to Walmart and to a Subway for lunch, when a woman approached them in the parking lot. She wanted to talk to the young girl, to make sure she was not being abducted.
Lewis wouldn’t let the stranger talk to the kids, and got back in his car.
The woman followed them out of the paring lot, and all the way back to Lewis’s house.On the way, she called police and asked that officers perform a welfare check.
“Lewis, who runs after after-school mentoring center, filmed the entire ordeal on Facebook Live,” The Daily Mail writes.
“I’m babysitting right, I got two kids in the backseat with me, we just came from Subway and Walmart,” he said.
“This lady is following me because I got two kids in the backseat that do not look like me. She asks to see the little girl so she can ask her if she knows who I am.”
“I see this lady is not moving, all because I got two kids in the backseat that do not look like me.”
“This lady has taken it upon herself, said she’s going to take my plate down and call the police. It’s crazy, it’s 2018 and this is what I got to deal with.”
“I can’t go out with two kids that don’t look like me without something being weird. You see this lady is still not moving, she’s harassing me.”
When the police officer arrived, Lewis was ready to explain the situation to the officer.
“I’m being followed and harassed,” Lewis explained. “I got two kids I’m babysitting.”
“She pulled up talking about, are the kids okay? Why wouldn’t they be okay? No one’s yelling, no one’s screaming, no one’s trying to run away.”
“She left, came back, and asked to see the little girl so she can ask her if she knows who I am. Then I went over to get some gas, she came back there and stayed there, that’s crazy.”
The officer then speaks with the kids.
“I work with kids every day, even on my off days,” Lewis says.
“I’m letting the world know what’s really going on,” Lewis explains. “I can’t even step out into the community without being profiled.”
“It is what it is,” the officer answers.