The parents who were called by a cop after they hired a black babysitter for their white children have spoken out.
Their Children Were Scared
A white couple whose black babysitter was followed by a white woman and questioned by police said they were in disbelief about the incident. David Parker and Dana Mango of… https://t.co/DNb0PXtvQs
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David Parker and Dana Mango say their kids were “scared” after a woman called police on their babysitter Corey Lewis.
Lewis was in the parking lot of a Walmart with the couple’s children Addison, 10, and Nicholas, six, when a woman approached them. The angry woman demanded to speak to the kids, but after Lewis politely declined, the woman followed them in her car to his house. She then called 911.
Mango says her children – who love Lewis like family – were scared they would say the wrong thing to the officer.
“They said they were scared that they would say the wrong thing and cause him to get arrested,” she said.
Mango and Parker say they were out to dinner when they received a missed a call from Lewis. When they called back, they were shocked that a police officer answered the phone.
He Runs An After-School Mentoring Program
Lewis, who runs an after-school mentoring center, filmed the entire ordeal on Facebook Live.
“I’m babysitting right, I got two kids in the backseat with me, we just came from Subway and Walmart,” he began in the first video. “This lady is following me because I got two kids in the backseat that do not look like me. She asks to see the little girl, so she can ask her if she knows who I am.”
When Lewis arrived home, he filmed his encounter with a Cobb County police officer. “I’m being followed and harassed,” Lewis tells the cop. “I got two kids I’m babysitting.”
“She pulled up talking about, ‘Are the kids okay?’ Why wouldn’t they be okay? No one’s yelling, no one’s screaming, no one’s trying to run away,” Lewis continues.
He then tries to explain to the officer that he runs an after-school mentoring program, called “Inspired by Lewis.” The young man is even wearing a branded t-shirt.
But the matter was only resolved when the cop called Mango and Parker.
“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,”‘ Mango told CBS46.
Meanwhile the woman who caused the whole incident has yet to be identified.