A Georgia man who was stopped by police after a Caucasian woman called 911 to report he was babysitting white children is speaking out.
David Parker and Dana Mango, who are white, asked their friend Corey Lewis to watch their children, ages 6 and 10, while they went out to dinner on Sunday.
Lewis took the children to a Cobb County Walmart, where they were spotted in the parking lot by an unidentified white woman.
Mango told Good Morning America what happened next.
“We were at dinner, and I saw that Mr. Lewis had called. I called back and a police officer answered the phone. The police officer was trying to explain that he was there with my kids and that they were OK, but he wanted to confirm that I had given permission to Mr. Lewis to be with them.”
Mango said the officer was apologetic after she confirmed that Mr. Lewis was indeed her babysitter.
“I think he was embarrassed. After he spoke to me and confirmed that everything was all right, he let them go.”
Lewis also appeared on Good Morning America to explain his encounter with police after a shopper called 911.
Lewis said the shopper confronted him and the children in the parking lot and told him “things look weird.”
He said the woman followed him in her car while she called 911.
A cop pulled Lewis’s car over a short while later.
Lewis documented the incident on Facebook Live, saying he was stopped for “babysitting while Black.”
A Cobb County Police spokesman confirmed one of their officers stopped Lewis and let him go without issuing a citation.
Mango told CBS46 she was incredulous that Lewis was stopped for the color of his skin.
“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 Im saying,” Mango told CBS 46.