Here are all the routine activities for which police were called on African-Americans this year
It's happened yet again.
An African-American man in suburban Cleveland says a bank teller called police on him this month when he tried to cash a check from his employer. Although the man didn't explicitly cry "racial profiling," many observers see the incident as another in a dispiriting and all-too-familiar series.
In 2018, police across the United States have been urged to investigate black people for doing all kinds of daily, mundane, non-criminal activities.
This year alone, police have been called on African-Americans for:
Operating a lemonade store
Golfing too slowly
Waiting for a friend at Starbucks
Barbecuing at a park
Working out at a gym
Campaigning door to door
Moving into an apartment
Mowing the wrong lawn
Shopping for prom clothes
Napping in a university common room
Asking for directions
Not waving while leaving an Airbnb
Redeeming a coupon
Selling bottled water on a sidewalk
Eating lunch on a college campus
Riding in a car with a white grandmother
Babysitting two white children
Wearing a backpack that brushed against a woman
Working as a home inspector
Working as a firefighter
Helping a homeless man
Swimming in a pool
Shopping while pregnant
Driving with leaves on a car
And these are just the incidents that CNN has reported. There are no doubt many others.
"It was highly embarrassing," the Cleveland man told reporters. "The person who made that phone call ... I feel as though they were judging."
A review of news headlines this year shows that police were also called on other people of color. But it seemed to happen most often to black people: black people just going about their business.
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