Just being black in America can get the police called on you for an array reasons. There’s selling water, felling cds, having a lemonade stand, selling cigarettes, and a long list of other reasons. We can now add raising money for a football team to that list.
Four Arkansas black teens were going door to door trying to raise money for their football team when they came across Jerry Kelly’s house.
Kelly, a white woman who is a former law enforcement officer, said the boys were making a ruckus and called the police on them because she thought they were suspicious people saying
“All males were African American, and I know this residence to be white.”
Just calling the police on the boys wasn’t enough for Kelly, while she waited for them to get to her, she decides to pull a gun on the boys and make them get on the ground and spread their legs.
One of the boys told officers that he thought she was joking until he heard
“get on the f***ing ground and spread your legs,”
For some reason she didn’t believe who they were and what they were doing while questioning them with a gun pointed at them. One boy said
“I thought she was going to shoot me in the head, how she was acting,”
Luckily, one of the officers that showed up knew who the boys were and explained the situation to Kelly.
While the boys were on their way to the officer car, Kelly tells them to wait and points at hers and their skin and says
“It ain’t about that, If you’re going to sell cards, act like you’re selling cards. … Don’t be hanging out up there, and then don’t walk over to my house. Don’t act like that. Be men about it and sell cards.”
There is absolutely no reason for Kelly to do this. Just because she thought kids were messing around in her neighborhood is no reason to pull a gun on them. She should be ashamed of herself. These boys could be scared for life.
Kelly feels that since she’s white and the boys are black that she has the authority to do this type of stuff without repercussions.
She’s wrong. She was rightfully arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and first degree false imprisonment.
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