BABYSITTING WHILE BLACK: Corey Lewis was reported to the police for simply babysitting a pair of white children (Image: Corey Lewis/Facebook)
A WOMAN in Georgia has been criticised for calling the police on a black man who was babysitting two white children.
Corey Lewis was in a Walmart supermarket car park when a white woman approached him and expressed her apparent concern for the welfare of the children in his care.
Lewis, a youth mentor, was babysitting the two children who belonged to friends of his.
After confronting Lewis, the woman called the police and reported him. Lewis told American news channel CBS46 that the unidentified woman had made a threat to report his license plate number to the police after he refused to let her speak to the children he was looking after because she was a stranger.
The 27-year-old live streamed the incident on Facebook.
In a video uploaded to the social networking site, he said: “This lady followed me all the way home to my neighbourhood…because I’ve got two kids with me that don’t look like me.”
He added: “2018 you see what I’ve got to deal with…got these little kids scared.”
In the clip a car can be seen driving behind Lewis. It pulls over metres away from him when he parks up.
Lewis and the two children in his care, a six-year-old and a 10-year-old, were later questioned by the police, who then called their parents.
In an interview with NBC News, the six-year-old child said: “I wish the cops never came.”
The children’s mother told NBC News: “He [Lewis] was doing us a favour. How they ended up on the side of a road being spoken to by police was just something I couldn’t wrap my head around.”
The incident is the latest in a string of cases in which black people have been reported to the police for carrying out mundane tasks or doing everyday activities.
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