Georgia resident Corey Lewis is crying foul after a white woman first stalked him and then called the police on him because she feared for the safety of the two white children he happened to be babysitting.
On Sunday, Corey Lewis was watching two children when they went to a Walmart in Marietta, Ga., where they got some food, then stopped at a gas station to fill up the auto. Lewis said the woman tailed him all the way home, and then a Cobb County police officer showed up.
"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?'" Mango told CBS. "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". "It's insane ... It's 2018 and this is what I've got to deal with".
As it turns out, Lewis was babysitting the kids - Addison, 10, and Nicholas, 6 - and he accuses the woman of following and harassing him for almost an hour on Sunday afternoon.
Cobb County Police said they were just responding to a call of a suspicious person.
Parker and Mango told police Lewis is a family friend and their children are in his youth program, called "Inspired by Lewis".
The police officer asks to speak with the children himself and Lewis protests, but the children get out of a nearby vehicle and tell the officer that he is babysitting them.
The parents believe Lewis was stalked, harassed and questioned by police.
The officer is seen in the second video questioning Lewis and the two children at his home.
In the video Lewis took Sunday, the officer asks if he is being recorded.
The term babysitting while black is being used on Twitter to describe the incident.
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. Despite the children showing no signs of being in danger, she asked him if the children were alright.
"Because I got two kids with me that don't look like me", he said.
"I asked him "Did you understand what happened?' he said 'A weird lady was following us around because Mr. Lewis has brown skin and we have peachy skin". The officer talked to the kids, determined everything was fine and left.
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