The police were called Brandie Sharp and her two sons, Micah and Uriah, during their first day of delivering papers in Upper Arlington, Ohio, on July 6.
Sharp wrote about the incident on Facebook:
First day of paper route and we are pulled over by police🚔🚔…Sad I cant even teach my son the value of working without someone whispering and looking at us out the side of their eye perhaps because we DON’T “look like a person that belongs in their neighborhood.”
Police officer pulls up and ask us questions as if we were intruding in their area. Totally disgusted and disturbed that this kind of behavior still exist.
After the Facebook post went viral, Sharp was interviewed by WCMH:
And he was like, what are you doing here…are you soliciting? I said, no sir I’m not soliciting, I’m delivering papers. He said, what papers? I showed him the paper. He said, Oh really, and sat there for a minute and then pulled off.
Police Officer Bryan McKean said that a neighbor claimed seeing someone going up to a porch empty-handed and leaving with something in their hand:
Any time we get a call like that obviously we’re going to respond. We’re going to make sure that nothing criminal was going on. If we think someone is taking things from porches, we would want our police force to follow up on that to make sure.
Sharp said they had delivered some of the bags to the wrong houses and t returned to retrieve them:
I want to know what was suspicious, what was suspicious. That an 11-year -old was up in the driveway, getting a newspaper, literally went up and came right back down.
Sharp believes the police were called based on racial bias:
I could see if we did something wrong – loud music or whatever. We did nothing wrong. Why are you talking to us like we did something, like we were throwing bombs or throwing toilet paper on someone’s tree or something. We did nothing wrong.
McKean pretended as if the police department had not heard about the complaint by Sharp:
If she feels she was treated unfairly by our officer, we want to hear from her, We want to know what our officer did to make her feel that way so we can investigate that and we can find out.
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