A “nasty” elderly neighbour called cops on a nine-year-old girl for writing ‘Black Lives Matter’ outside her own home.
The woman accused the little girl of vandalising the street in Ohio in the US before reportedly screaming ‘This neighbourhood is going to hell!’.
Little Mira Acklin had proudly created the colourful message on the road using chalk, but her “whole body started shaking” when police officers arrived.
Furious mother Jenna couldn’t believe what was happening and Mira began to cry.
Thankfully, however, the officers were just as perplexed at the situation and looked at the OAP neighbour and told her: “It’s chalk.”
They also encouraged Mira to write the message larger.
Recalling the incident, Jenna said: “Sweet Mira asked if she could chalk ‘Black Lives Matter’ to show her love.
“I felt so proud of her kind heart! Aaaand, then 2 cruisers rolled up because the nasty neighbour called the police on my 9 year old.
“She reported people yelling and painting in the street. (Liar, liar, pants on fire!) Mira was chalking by herself and I was reading on the porch swing.
“The deputies looked at the neighbor and said, ‘It’s chalk.’ They also told us they agree with the statement ‘Black Lives Matter'”.
She continued: “I told the deputies I was sorry they were called out and told them I care about their safety and appreciate the work they do. I do not regret letting Mira express herself.”
Mira revealed that she was really shaken up by the incident.
“I was really scared, and I was also like crying, and my whole body was shaking,” she said.
She admitted that although she’d initially been intimidated by the sight of the officers, they were supportive of her efforts and encouraged her to keep the mural going.
“They said that I should do it more often, and if it goes away, then I should just do it more and more,” she said.
Jenna added: “Mira couldn’t understand why people would hate someone just because of their skin colour.
“She is upset and scared but I explained that the nasty neighbour is an example of why we must speak up.
“The neighbour screaming ‘This neighborhood is going to hell!; over and over again because my daughter wanted to show love speaks volumes. I’m now thinking we need a Pride flag and a BLM flag. Thanks for the push.”
The Black Lives Matter movement, which is sweeping the globe, has been inspired by the devastating death of George Floyd, 46, on May 25 in Minneapolis after an officer knelt on his neck.
Jenna added: “Call out racism! It is our duty! White people rewrote history in text books and created systems that work against POC.
“As the ones who created this mess, we must also be the ones to tear it down! Pretending ‘we don’t see colour’ is wrong. I see black people. I see you. I hear you. I love you.”