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

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

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

A black babysitter says a woman called the police on him while two white children were in his care.

Cory Lewis, an Atlanta youth mentor, took to his Facebook live to depict his confrontation with a Cobb County police officer charged with the task of responding to a call about Lewis this past Sunday because he was babysitting two white children.

He said a woman asked to speak to the children, and when he refused, she called the police and followed him home.

An officer arrived and questioned the children, ages 6 and 10, and called their parents, David Parker and Dana Mango.

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The mum told CBS46: "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".

Lewis tells the officer that the woman had approached earlier, asking if the kids were OK. Lewis said he told the woman no and left the Walmart with the children.

Lewis said no and that's when the police were called.

She said Lewis has for two years picked up her son from school every day and babysat until the parents are off work.

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Another woman dubbed "BBQ Becky" complained to cops about a group of black people using a charcoal grill in a "non-designated" area in an Oakland, Calif. park.

Parker and his wife, Dana Mango, were at dinner when they received the call, and his wife had to be convinced that it was not a prank, he said. "The police officer was trying to explain that he was there with my kids and that they were OK, but he wanted to confirm that I had given permission to Mr. Lewis to be with them", she said. He said the incident has made him think about similar racial profiling incidents that have occurred this year.

Parker said he guesses "B-W-B is the new thing, babysitting while black".

"There was only one thing that she saw that was out of place and that was kids of a different race than the person they were with", she added.

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On Tuesday, Lewis was back working with children, saying he was not going to let the episode keep him from doing his job. "They weren't crying, they weren't distressed", she said.

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