A 12-year-old black child had the police called on him simply for mowing the lawn as part of his summer business.
News 5 Cleveland reports that 12-year-old Reginald Fields was mowing the lawn of Lucille Holt, a resident of Maple Heights, Ohio, when suddenly police officers pulled up near where he was working.
The police were on the scene because Holt’s neighbors had called 911 and claimed that Fields had inadvertently cut some of the grass on their property and they wanted the police to come ask him to stop.
“They said I was cutting their grass,” Fields told News 5 Cleveland. “I didn’t know it!”
In a video about the incident posted on Facebook, Holt said that his neighbors had frequently called the police to complain about children in the area — and she said they even called the police once because neighborhood children were having a snowball fight.
Even though Fields said he was initially discouraged that someone would call the cops on him for mowing a neighbor’s lawn, he has been encouraged by the support that he has received from people in the community — and he’s even seen his business orders pick up after his story garnered media attention.
“Just give me a call,” he tells News 5 Cleveland. “I will be there. On time!”
Watch the News 5 Cleveland report on this story below.
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
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Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
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ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: