Georgia Police Receive Blatantly Racist Call - And Do Exactly the Right Thing

In Snellville, Georgia, a police unit demonstrated exactly how law enforcement should respond to racist callers.

In this diverse Atlanta suburb, police received a 911 call from a caller who said, “This is going to sound really bad but I really don't care. There is a little white baby...and no one in the car was white. I know that sounds really bad but there are so many missing children.”

The police department not only chose not to respond to this call, but they even took to Facebook explain why they don't want to respond to such calls:


In an interview with the local news, Captain Perry said the staffer who took the call has never refused a call before. He also suggested an alternate response for residents who think they may see suspicious activity involving an infant, rather than calling the police, saying, “For them to just say,'Oh this little boy is so cute, is he your son or are you baby-sitting him?' That way the parent can give you a response back and let you know without you asking all the questions yourself and being intrusive.”


Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.