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- Four black Arkansas teens fundraising for their football team were held at gunpoint by a white homeowner after they tried to knock on her door, local media outlets reported.
- A grandmother of one of the teens told WREG that the woman forced them onto their stomachs, and told them to spread their legs and put their arms behind them.
- The woman, 46-year-old Jerri Kelly, was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of false imprisonment, four counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
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Four Arkansas teens going door-to-door to raise funds for their high-school football team ended up face-down on the ground, held at gunpoint, after a homeowner answered her door brandishing a revolver, local news outlets reported.
“She had them lying on their bellies with their legs spread and their arms behind them,” one of the teens’ grandmothers, who declined to be identified, told WREG.
The homeowner, 46-year-old Jerri Kelly, who is white, had called 911 on the boys to report “suspicious persons,” according to the NBC affiliate WMC.
“Upon arrival of our officers, four juveniles were found lying on the ground with a female adult with a gun standing,” Wynna Police Chief Jackie Clark said in a statement. “Our officer had the children stand up and they explained they were selling discount cards for a school athletic program.”
Two of the teens were even wearing their jerseys during the incident, WMC reported.
Jail records show that Kelly was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of false imprisonment, four counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
“They’re good kids,” the teen’s grandmother told WREG. “I want her to suffer like the boys did.”
The incident is reminiscent of other recent confrontations across the country where white people have called the police on black people for seemingly innocuous behavior, such as visiting a friend’s apartment building, walking through a bodega, waiting at a Starbucks, sleeping in a dormitory, selling water, attending a barbecue, or waiting in the lobby of a hotel.
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