Another Black political candidate came forward with what has become all too common in the 2018 campaign season–the police questioning them after receiving a 911 call for doing what all candidates do, knock on doors and hand out campaign flyers.
Madison, Wisconsin police confronted Sheila Stubbs, who’s expected to become the first Black state assemblywoman for the 77th District, while she was campaigning door-to-door in her district, CBS News reported on Wednesday.
“I felt humiliated. I felt outraged, I felt angry. I felt embarrassed,” Stubbs recalled of the August incident.
A police officer questioned Stubbs about what she was doing in that neighborhood after receiving a call about a “suspicious vehicle” from someone who lives in the community. The caller suspected that Stubbs was sitting in a car waiting to purchase drugs.
The reality was far from that. Stubbs, 47, had been in her vehicle with her eight-year-old daughter and mother preparing to distribute campaign literature.
News of the incident comes on the heels of police officers confronting an African-American candidate running for Lauderdale Lakes City Commission in Florida.
Roosevelt McClary said he was a victim of campaigning while Black when six Broward County sheriff’s deputies, with police dogs and helicopter support, questioned him on Sept. 12. Authorities reportedly received a 911 call about a home invasion. In truth, McClary had been knocking on doors and distributing campaign literature.
In July, a homeowner called the police on Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum because she looked suspicious, USA Today reported. But like the other Black candidates, Bynum was just knocking on doors and campaigning in the district she represents.