American politician, Sheila Stubbs says she’s knocked on hundreds of doorways in Madison, Wisconsin, in her 12 years as a county supervisor and has by no means had a drawback in the group, however final month, somebody referred to as the police while she was campaigning for a seat in the Wisconsin State Meeting because they thought she was a drug dealer.
Stubbs is the one African-American on the 37-member Dane County Board of Supervisors. What occurred to her is simply the newest in a string of extremely publicized incidents in the US in which police had been referred to as on black folks for innocuous actions akin to napping, barbecuing or assembly over espresso.
The incident occurred final month, lthough Stubbs is simply speaking about it publicily now. It occurred when she was visiting voters in a predominately white neighborhood on the west facet of the town. She was carrying a title tag, carrying marketing campaign literature together with her image on it and had a “stroll checklist” with the names and addresses of potential supporters.
Her mom was following behind in their automotive, together with Stubbs’ 8-year-old daughter. “I had knocked at roughly six doorways and a number of the future constituents had been residence, and those who had been residence, I talked to for about 10 minutes because they had been excited that I ended by,” she mentioned.
Stubbs had been on the road for about 20 minutes and was speaking to a resident when a police officer arrived. “I occurred to look over and I see this police officer had pulled up behind my automotive,” Stubbs mentioned.
Stubbs launched herself to the officer, who advised her police had gotten a name from somebody who thought Stubbs was a drug dealer. “And I am like, ‘a drug dealer! Are you critical, they suppose I am a drug dealer? No!” she mentioned. Stubbs says she confirmed the officer her title tag and marketing campaign fliers, however she did not appear glad till Stubbs confirmed her the stroll checklist with the addresses of the homes she had visited.
“After I confirmed it to her. She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I am actually sorry. I am actually sorry this occurred to you,'” Stubbs mentioned. A Madison Police spokesman mentioned the division has a good relationship with Stubbs and referred to the police report of the incident, which aligns with Stubbs’ account.
The report says the officer obtained a grievance about a suspicious automobile in entrance of a “drug home” in the neighborhood. It says that when she discovered what was occurring, the officer thanked Stubbs’ mom “and apologized for having needed to interrupt her night because of this name to service.”
Stubbs says a number of folks got here to examine on her throughout the encounter, together with one who requested for a marketing campaign yard signal when she discovered what a neighbor had achieved. The officer inspired her to maintain campaigning, however Stubbs simply needed to go away. “It was simply the humiliation. I felt so degraded, however I needed to maintain a sure persona. And I simply needed to go” she mentioned.