Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Youth mentor says stranger called police because he was 'babysitting while black'

Youth mentor says stranger called police because he was 'babysitting while black'

An African-American man caring for two white children was questioned by police Sunday afternoon after a white woman reported his behavior as suspicious.

Lewis documented the entire ordeal on Facebook Live.

News outlets report that Tuesday the woman stopped Corey Lewis outside a Cobb County Walmart and asked to speak with the children, ABC News reports.

According to Lewis, who narrated the incident on several Facebook Live videos, the woman followed him back to his neighborhood and sat in her auto down the street after he parked in front of his mother's house.

The matter was resolved when the officer called the children's parents, David Parker and Dana Mango.

Parker told The New York Times that Lewis was a family friend and that the children were in no apparent danger. She was sitting in a Kia sedan, he said, as he led the two children he was babysitting back to his vehicle. "They said they were scared that they would say the wrong thing and cause him to get arrested", Dana Mango told Good Morning America Wednesday. The police did not say whether they knew her identity.

His clientele is mainly white, he said, but up until Sunday, it had never occurred to him would give someone a reason to call the police on him.

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"She pulled up alongside us and asked, 'Are the kids OK?'" Lewis tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Minutes later, a cop arrives and proceeds to question Lewis and the children.

The children were anxious for Lewis, their mother said.

The list of things black people aren't allowed to do without potentially summoning police involvement continues to grow. "She asked if the kids were okay".

"I am being harassed and followed. because I have got two kids that don't look like me". Lewis said he told her no.

"I don't think you have to watch too many "Law & Order" episodes to realise kidnappers don't usually wear fluorescent green shirts", he said, adding that he felt Lewis had handled the situation well.

- The Youth mentor said people all over the world have reached out to apologize for a stranger calling police just because he was a black man babysitting white children. A white woman approached them in the parking lot of a Walmart, according to the baby sitter.

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