Now, an ex-911 dispatcher is asking white people to take a moment and think twice before calling the police on a black person for just doing something day-to-day.
Speaking to VOX, the former dispatcher described how she received racially motivated calls to 911 every day of her career.
Examples of the things white people called the police on black people for ranged from a black person pushing a cart through a white neighbourhood, to a black person parking their car in front of a white person's house.
In a stark warning to white people who don't think twice before calling the police on black people, she explains how it's literally a life and death issue.
Think before you call the cops to handle your feelings about a barbecue, or where someone is parked, or if they’re playing music on a Saturday afternoon.
If you get it wrong (and all of us, living in the privileged bubbles of our own creation, often get it wrong), you could be the reason someone gets hurt or even killed.