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The 12 most ridiculous and infuriating reasons people called the cops this year



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  • People consistently called the police for frivolous reasons this year.
  • Often, the calls were racially motivated and there were several examples of white people calling the cops on black people for no clear reason. 
  • These events have gone viral lately now that virtually everyone has a camera on their phone.

One of America’s most consistent pastimes seems to be calling the police on each other no good reason whatsoever. This year was no exception.

In almost every case, the unwarranted police calls appeared to be racially motivated. This year there were an enormous number of incidents where white people call the police on black people while doing everyday things, like sitting in a Starbucks, barbecuing in a public park, or trying to enter their apartment building.

These police calls were all the more noteworthy given the charged history of exchanges between law enforcement and the black community. In March, for example, Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man in California, was shot six times in the back by local police. The deaths of Phliando Castile, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown became critical touchpoints for the Black Lives Matter activist movement 

In many cases, there have been conflicting accounts about these kinds of incidents. But the rise of smartphones with cameras and social media means that a lot of these incidents are now captured on video — and those videos often go viral.

Here are the 13 dumbest reasons people have called the police in 2018.

A professor asked police to escort a student out for putting her feet on a chair.

In November, University of Texas at San Antonio anatomy professor Anita Moss, who is white, called the police when one of her students, who is black, put her feet up on the chair in front of her.

Police complied and took the student out, according to video footage of the incident taken by another student. UTSA later suspended Moss and is investigating the incident.

A Dunkin’ Donuts worker called police on a family speaking Somali.

At a Dunkin’ Donuts in Portland, Maine, in October, a worker told Hamdia Ahmed and her family to “stop yelling” when they spoke Somali to each other.

“We were speaking in our native language before we even spoke through the microphone to place our order. Out of nowhere, the shift manager screamed at us and said, ‘Stop yelling, leave or I’m calling the cops,'” Ahmed wrote on Facebook. “I was surprised to hear this because we weren’t even doing anything. The shift manager told us to leave and she was calling the police. She also refused to take our order.”

The worker called police, who spoke to Ahmed and her family. They initially issued a “no-trespass” order forbidding her from returning to the store for a year, but rescinded it a few days later after sitting down with her and Dave DaRosa, the owner of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.

Local police officials and DaRosa apologized over the episode.

“Golfcart Gail” called police on a black man cheering his son at a soccer game.

In October, a woman in Florida — dubbed by the internet “Golfcart Gail” — reportedly called the police when Gerald Jones, a father watching his son’s soccer game, yelled to his son.The incident went viral when another parent at the game wrote about it on Facebook.

“Shame on you Golfcart Gail for what you did to this man and to the children who had to see this,” the witnessing parent wrote. “Can you imagine how afraid his child must have been to see this happening?!”

Police spoke to both Jones and the woman who called the police, and left without making any arrests, according to video footage of the incident.

“I don’t have any reason to detain you,” a police officer told the father.


See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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