An African American man, who runs an after school mentoring program in Atlanta, said he was unfairly treated by a woman at Walmart.
According to CBS, a white woman saw Corey Lewis in a parking lot with two white kids and tailed him.
She later called the police to protect the children from danger, but Lewis said all he was doing was babysitting.
I’m being harassed because I’m with 2 kids that do not look like me.
He recorded the interaction and posted footage from the incident.
Lewis told the station that the woman stopped him outside on Sunday and asked to speak with the kids who he was watching. But Lewis refused and the woman followed him home and called the cops.
Watch the video below:
This lady from Walmart harassed, followed, & called the cops on me. ALL because I’m black and have 2 white kids with me. ?? #Inspired By Lewis
Posted by Corey Lewis on Sunday, October 7, 2018
The youth leader told The New York Times:
“I didn’t know what was going on, what she wanted to do.”
When a police officer arrived on the scene, he called the children’s parents, David Parker and Dana Mango.
Mango told the CBS the situation is troubling:
“I said ‘are you saying that because there’s an African American male driving my two white kids, that he was stopped and pulled over and questioned,’ and he said, ‘I’m sorry ma’am that’s exactly what I’m saying.'”
She isn’t sure why the woman called the cops because her kids, ages 6 and 10, never showed any signs of being in danger.
The station is investigating the woman’s identity. She has not commented on the story.
Parker told the Times Lewis is a family friend and well known in the community for his service to children. He said:
“It just knocked us out of our chair. We felt horrible for Corey.”
Lewis isn’t sure why the lady assumed he posed a threat to the kids.