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Tue Nov 15, 2022, 08:34 AM

GOP New Jersey Official Calls 911 On 9-Year-Old Black Girl Catching Lanternflies

Bobbi Wilson, a fourth grade student in Caldwell, New Jersey, was merely testing a homemade spray against the invasive lanternfly species on her street when a neighbor — a former Republican official — called the cops on her.

“The morning of October 22, our neighbor [Gordon Lawshe] called the police, identified himself and reported, ‘There’s a little black woman walking, spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees. I don’t know what the hell she is doing, it scares me though,’ and included that she was wearing a hoodie,” Wilson’s mother Monique Joseph, said during a mayor and council meeting on Nov. 1, according to local outlet The Progress.

Wilson, 9, learned about regional “see it, squish it” campaigns to help stop the spread of the lanternflies while writing a school paper on their environmental impact. After finding a nontoxic spray recipe on TikTok, she went outside to test it ― only for Lawshe’s call to scare her from going outside again, according to BuzzFeed News.

Lawshe, 71, former local councilperson, co-head and treasurer of the Caldwell Republican Committee, and membership director of the Caldwell Community Center, told police they couldn’t “miss” the Black “small woman” — who was wearing a “hood.”


https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gop-new-jersey-official-calls-police-on-nine-year-old-black-girl-catching-lanternflies_n_637255d2e4b0ca9acf26ffc9

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 08:38 AM

1. the right thing to do would be apologize and help her with her experiments.

at 71 its not too late to learn humanity.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 08:41 AM

2. He is a racist asshole (which made him a prime candidate to lead the local GOP)

The monster lived across the street from the poor girl. Calling the cops calling a child a "woman" saying he was "scared" and talking about a "hood"

This racist asshole tried to get the poor girl killed by the police.


This racist asshole robbed this girl of her innocence


This racist asshole is today's GOP

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 08:55 AM

4. This is a republican they are talking about

Not a human being.

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Response to Butterflylady (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:14 AM

5. Many of them are not and the rest clearly have no problem with it

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:22 AM

7. Actually did kind of the opposite.

Lawshe’s attorney Greg Mascera, claimed his client wasn’t racially profiling Wilson when he called 911. Mascera said an officer merely drove by to respond to the call and that “the mother’s assertion that [her daughter is now] afraid of cops is absurd.”


Denial, Egypt and all that.

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:45 AM

11. What an asshat. Why can't people just be decent?

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:28 AM

8. The right thing would be to admit you(referring to gop official) are a piece of shit

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:42 AM

10. If it was an actual mistake of even an act of ignorance that wasn't done in malice

Then what you suggested would no doubt be how it would play out. This person would feel awful for what they did. But given the details of the situation, it sounds as if this was done with intentional harm intended. There is no room for growth or understanding on this person's part. I base this on the fact the both families have been neighbors for years and that they all know who lives on the block. Perhaps I am wrong, but I doubt it. In all likelihood this person is an unredeemable racist piece of shit who intentionally harassed a child. I'd be overjoyed if I'm shown to be mistaken, though.

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Response to bullimiami (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:18 AM

15. I wouldn't want him around my child. He knew what he was doing.

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 08:45 AM

3. When they get fixated on something

They never let it go. Hoodie?

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Response to Maine Abu El Banat (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:29 AM

9. Hoodie is the excuse for them targeting someone that is black including children

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:22 AM

6. A man-Karen!

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 10:54 AM

12. So he hired a lawyer? If he wasn't scared by the 9 year old, he's scared now.

Get him Bobbi.

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:12 AM

13. Oh, she SAID it was for lanternflies...

...but we KNOW she was spraying stuff that turns you gay and makes you vote for Democrats!

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:16 AM

14. An easy question

Saw a picture of this little girl. No way could he not see this was a child. He could have easily gone out there and asked this girl what she was doing. Also I understand this was one of the few if only black families on his street so no way he did not know who she was. This is a classic example of racial profiling

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Response to jonstl08 (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:28 AM

16. Seemed like he was going out of his way to try and get this girl shot

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Response to RAB910 (Original post)

Tue Nov 15, 2022, 11:32 AM

17. ....

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