You’ve probably seen the viral videos of people calling 911 on African Americans using a public pool or birdwatching in the park. That’s about to become a felony in Virginia because of a bill introduced by Delegate Alex Askew, a Democrat from Virginia Beach.

“People shouldn’t have to worry about the police being called because of what they wear, the color of their skin, because someone invited to a barbecue, because they were birdwatching in the city park or that their presence alone seems suspicious or out of place,” Askew explains. “But unfortunately, that’s reality for myself and other Black and minority groups in this country.”

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