Maple Heights, OH – If I didn’t know better, it would appear that police have become the personal bodyguards and enforcers for white people. If I didn’t know better. There seemingly has been a rash of incidents where police are being called on black people doing the most innocent and unalarming nothing possible. If you follow the news, you would think that police are being called on black people just for existing period. Any little thing is warranting a call to authorities. There appears to be no end in sight for these irrational calls. It is up to police to start fining or punishing 911 callers for abusing the emergency call system. Until that happens, in Trump’s America, it’s going to continue to happen with increasing frequency. In the latest incident of #LivingWhileBlack, self-starter and entrepreneur, 12-year-old Reginald Fields, was deemed a threat while mowing the lawn so a neighbor called police.
That’s right. You read that right. A neighbor called police on a 12-year-old cutting grass. That’s it. It’s just as ridiculous as #PermitPatty calling police on the little girl selling bottled water outside of her home.
According to WXYZ, Fields owns his own business, Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service. His family members assist him with the lawn service. The family business is up at the crack of dawn putting in work LEGALLY around the neighborhood.
It was just another hot summer day of work when, unbeknownst to Reggie, someone in the neighborhood felt threatened by the hard-working darkies and called police.
“They said I was cutting their grass. I didn’t know it!” Reggie said.
Reggie’s client, Lucille Holt, was perplexed when police showed up outside her home. She later learned that her neighbor called police on the kids to complain that they were in her yard. The neighbor fussed that the kids had cut about a foot onto her property.
So instead of opening her door or calling out the window to the kids to let them know they had strayed onto her property while working, she called police. Let that sink in. An unnecessary use of police resources.
“They said the kids cut their grass,” Holt said.
Fortunately for Reggie and his crew, the officers that responded from the Maple Heights Police Department weren’t the stereotypical ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ types of cops that have dominated the news cycle. Reggie said the officers said nothing to him and allowed him to finish his work. In spite of that though, he felt discouraged that police were called when he did nothing wrong.
“I was like, that’s a shame. I didn’t know,” the 12-year-old said.
Reggie’s client, Ms. Holt, posted the encounter on Facebook. The video ended up with thousands of views and hundreds of shares. An abundance of people voiced their support for Reggie and his lawn service.
“I guess I have a line where part of it is now my yard. They called the police to tell the police that the kids were cutting their grass,” Holt said in the video.
“People are inboxing me like, ‘how can I get in touch with this children? Where are they at? I got property I want these kids to cut,'” Holt said.
Reggie is reaping the fruits of his labor despite the hate that was sent his way. People around town rightfully outraged by the actions of the neighbor have been reaching out to Reggie to have him cut their lawn.
Reggie’s response: “Just give me a call. I will be there. On time!”
The neighbor who called the police said she was aware of the Facebook video but would not agree for an on-camera interview.