The Cops Were Called On A 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur. Now He's Raking In More Business.

"No 12-year-old should ever have to go through that — period."

Reginald Fields, 12, started Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service with his friends. In a video posted to Facebook, one of Fields' clients, Lucille Holt-Colden, showered praises onto Fields for his young entrepreneurial spirit. 

"All young people aren't out here doing wrong," Holt-Colden says in the June 23 video as the kids mow her lawn. "I'm loving it."


Moments later, the Cleveland, Ohio resident posted a video in stark contrast to the first. The video shows her neighbor calling the police on Fields — apparently, for cutting her grass. 

"If they would have been four White children, the police would not have been called," Holt-Colden said according to The New York Times. "A lot of it is racially motivated."

Holt-Colden, 51, told BuzzFeed that the police were called on the kids because the neighbor said they were trespassing. Also, Holt-Colden claims she has had the police called to her house by the neighbor nearly six times since she moved into the neighborhood in October. For her part, the neighbor claimed that relations between between her and Holt-Colden have soured to the point where having a police intermediary is necessary. 

As has been widely noted, calling the police on Black individuals who are in the midst of normal, everyday activities can be dangerous, given the disparities in how people of color and White individuals are treated by police. There is also an increasingly reported trend in which White people call the cops on Black people for doing ordinary and even mundane tasks. These tasks include:  barbecuingselling bottles of watersitting in a Starbucks or napping in a college lounge.

However, Field's entrepreneurial spirit was not crushed. His video has reached more than 20,000 people on Facebook, and people poured in asking how they could help. Holt-Colden started an online fundraiser that has raised more than $48,000, and that will help Fields expand his business.

"They're just so supportive, because, they said, no 12-year-old should ever have to go through that — period," his mother, Brandy Fields told BuzzFeed. 

After the incident, The Maple Heights Police Department even offered to help with hanging Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service's flyers around town.


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