They were trying to report the news, not become it
NBC5's Homa Bash (via Twitter)
There’s a certain segment of the American populace that is paralyzed by racial paranoia. They’re so blinded by fear of minorities they can’t distinguish suspicious activity from gainful employment. On Thursday, this brand of paranoia reared its ugly head again when a reporter from NBC5 in the Dallas Fort-Worth area and her cameraman were reported to the police. The anonymous citizen referred to them as “a Hispanic-looking woman and a black man with a suspicious white truck and camera.”
When you get the cops called because a 'Hispanic-looking woman & black man with a suspicious white truck & camera'… https://t.co/P9TjhLGxdX— Homa Bash (@Homa Bash) 1476306330
When the Plano Police arrived they saw that reporter Homa Bash (who’s of Indian descent) and her cameraman C.J. Johnson set up near a school for a report on a proposal to ban dogs from the local district campuses. After realizing the mistake, the officer on duty was totally cool about it.
Shout out to @PlanoPoliceDept Officer Hunter for being so cool & letting us do our jobs 🙌🏾— Homa Bash (@Homa Bash) 1476307235
Bash’s tweet inspired other people of color to come forward with their stories of being harassed while on the job.
@HomaBashNBC5 Had the same thing happen to me once in New York. So whenever I knock on doors I always have my station micro phone out— Michael P. Baldwin (@Michael P. Baldwin) 1476306618
@HomaBashNBC5 Had a similar experience when I was going door to door in a neighborhood that had had a bunch of break-ins, in a marked car.— Victor Puente (@Victor Puente) 1476372942