- A white woman in Florida called the police on a black man who was cheering on his son during a soccer game, according to a viral Facebook post.
- A woman, who was referred to in the post as “Golfcart Gail,” felt that he was exhibiting “threatening behaviour” and decided to call 911, even though the man offered to leave.
- Two St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.
- They ultimately let the man, who was not identified, go.
A white woman in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, called the police on a black man who was cheering on his son during a soccer game, according to a viral Facebook post.
“This man was simply trying to watch his son’s soccer game and cheer for him from the sides. He yelled ‘The ref is right!’ when he saw his kid out there getting frustrated after a call,” Ginger Galore Williams wrote in her Facebook post.
That’s when the woman, who Williams referred to as “Golfcart Gail,” intervened to “remind him that harassment would not be tolerated.”
But the father, who was not identified in the post, said he wasn’t harassing anyone.
“He informed her that he was only speaking to his son,” Williams wrote. “For whatever reason, Golfcart Gail just would not let this go. She continued to harass and beleaguer this parent.”
But when the father offered to leave so as not to cause a disturbance, “Golfcart Gail” said “she was calling the police because she no longer felt safe with his threatening behaviour.”
“All he did was tell his kid that the ref was correct and cheered him on and told him to ‘play your game,'” Williams told ABC News. “Other parents were like, ‘Whoa, he was talking to his kid.'”
After the woman called 911, two St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, according to ABC News. The outlet obtained a video of the interaction from Williams.
“Anybody can call the police at any time for any reason,” one deputy said of the call. “We’ll respond.”
The father explained to the deputy: “They had a bad call with my son and … I said, ‘Hey, the ref was right.’ She thought I was yelling at the ref. So, she came over and I was like, ‘No, ma’am, I was yelling at my son. Nobody else.'”
Ultimately, the deputy let the father leave. “I don’t have any reason to detain you,” he said.
Williams concluded her Facebook post with a message directed at the woman who called the police:
Shame on you Golfcart Gail for what you did to this man and to the children who had to see this. Can you imagine how afraid his child must have been to see this happening?! Do you know how quickly in America a situation can go wrong? You probably don’t care Golfcart Gail, because you have the privilege of not caring.
This incident isn’t the first of its kind. On October 10,awhite woman called the police on a black child she wrongly accused of sexual assault. On October 7, anotherwhite woman called the police on a black youth leader who was babysitting white kids in Georgia.
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