A Reddit Law Enforcement Community Details How Some White People React To Their Black Neighbors

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Shenequa Golding | March 21, 2016 - 10:48 pm

As racial tensions in America continue to divide the country, oftentimes, men and women of color and law enforcement are unable to see eye-to-eye,  as well as how to better protect and serve the community.

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However, one Reddit user, a verified law enforcement official, began a thread in the Protect and Serve community nearly a year ago in which he laments about having to deal with calls from white people claiming black people are doing “suspicious things” only to realize the alleged suspicious activities are very much so legal and not suspicious at all.

Ya know, I’m just going to complain and get some stuff off my chest.

So I’m working last week and get dispatched to a call of ‘Suspicious Activity.’ Ya’ll wanna know what the suspicious activity was? Someone walking around in the dark with a flashlight and crow bar? Nope. Someone walking into a bank with a full face mask on? Nope.

It was two black males who were jump starting a car at 930 in the morning. That was it. Nothing else. Someone called it in.

People. People. People. If you’re going to be a racist, stereotypical jerk…keep it to yourself. Don’t call the police and make them get involved into your douchebaggery.

That’s all. End rant.

From there, other officials shared similar stories. One officer responded to a call about a man illegally fishing in a community pond, only to discover a middle-aged black man had been living in the community for nearly a decade.

“I’m sorry to have bothered your fishing. Have a good day, and good luck with your horrible neighbors,” Reddit user amipow said.

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An older woman audaciously asked another police officer to simply “make people disappear” like her sheriff used to do.

“I had an old lady tell me, ‘Our Sheriff back in the ’70s used to just make people disappear, I don’t know where he put them, but they never came back. Why cant you all just do that?” I said, ‘Well ma’am they don’t let us do that anymore,” user purdinpopo wrote.

Oftentimes stories of race only make it to mainstream media in cases of fatal shootings such as Laquan McDonald in Chicago, or Mike Brown in Ferguson, but it’s everyday stories such as these that don’t merit any attention.

A 911 dispatcher also expressed her frustration with some of the calls that come through, even going as far as to remind the callers “it’s not illegal to be black (or Muslim, or Mexican, etc).”

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Another officer recalled getting a call two black men crashed a stolen vehicle and fled, only to learn the vehicle wasn’t stolen or crashed.

“The black males owned the car. They got a flat tire. Rolled it into a parking lot out of traffic, then walked home while they decided what to do. The car was locked, clean, no damage inside.”

America ladies and gentlemen.