Man calls cops on family of black legislative candidate out canvassing saying they're 'waiting for drugs at a local drug house'
Sheila Stubbs, who won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 77th Assembly District, said that, in 2018, it shouldn’t be strange to have a black woman knocking on your door
A 46-year-old former educator and parole agent, Sheila Stubbs, who won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 77th Assembly District last month said that she experienced the "hardest journey of my life" a week before her win. Stubbs said that, when she was canvassing door to door, an unidentified man called the police on her.
Stubbs, while talking to the Capital Times this week, said that she had been handing out campaign material with her 71-year-old mother and her eight-year-old daughter in her constituency when a police officer approached them and began questioning the family.
According to a police report, a man, presumably one of Stubbs’ future constituents, called the police to report a "suspicious vehicle" which he claimed was "waiting for drugs at the local drug house." A copy of the police report of the incident, which occurred on August 7, was obtained by Buzzfeed.
When the cop approached the vehicle and questioned Stubbs' mother, Linda Hoskins, who was inside the car with her granddaughter. She said that they "were in the vehicle waiting for her adult daughter to complete door to door campaigning."
A neighbor called 911 to accuse Sheila Stubbs of drug dealing. Stubbs, Wisconsin's first Black state assemblywoman was canvassing door to door with her 71 year old mother and 8 year old daughter at the timehttps://t.co/iu8BXAm5wA— Gavlar (@Gavlar) September 20, 2018
The officer reportedly continued questioning them until Stubbs returned to the car and showed him her name tag, campaign literature and a list of homes she had planned to approach for political canvassing.
Stebbs said that the officer was understanding and apologized for the incident, however, it still left her deeply shaken and humiliated.
"I felt humiliated. I felt outraged, I felt angry. I felt embarrassed," Stubbs told CBS News. Stubbs has reportedly been a Dane County supervisor since 2006, and is nearly set to get a seat in the state legislature in January with no opposition. Stubbs is also set to become the first African-American person to represent the district.
"It’s 2018. It shouldn’t be strange that a black woman’s knocking on your door. I didn’t do anything to make myself stand out. I felt like they thought I didn’t belong there," she said while speaking to The Times.
This is not the first time a black woman politican has been reported to the police during canvassaing. An Oregon state representative, Janelle Bynum, also faced a similar situation in July when someone called the cops on her.