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While infamous hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett is no longer in the spotlight, or at least not for now, his copycats continue to drum up attention.
Over in Washington State, Tamon Leverette called 911 on himself and then accused the cop who showed up to speak with him of racially profiling him.
And yes, that really happened …
It started on Feb. 22nd when Leverette dialed 911 pretending to be a woman named Stacy Williams, as reported by Jason Rantz of Seattle radio station KTTH.
“Well, I’m at the bus stop, and there’s a colored young man, and I can see a pistol right there. … I saw him fidgeting a pistol at the bus stop, kind of scared me,” he then said to the 911 operator in what was later described as a purposefully high-pitched voice.
Listen to a recording of the phone call below:
A short time later, an officer arrived at the scene, spotted Leverette and proceeded to search him for weapons. In doing so, the officer discovered a Department of Corrections (DOC) GPS ankle monitor. Apparently, the guy’s on probation.
“He informed me that he was not doing anything wrong, just waiting for the bus to come so he could go to his DOC check in with his assigned DOC Officer,” the officer later wrote in an incident report reviewed by Rantz.
The report, which allegedly noted that Leverette has ties to the Bloods street gang, continued with the officer explaining that he ultimately let him go but not without first questioning him about why someone would have called the cops on him.
The officer reportedly wrote that he “wanted to understand why someone would call in with concerns that he was handling a firearm at the bus stop as described.”
Unable to ascertain an answer, he eventually left.
Case closed, right? Wrong.
“[T]he next day, Leverette told the DOC officer he was a victim of racial profiling,” according to Rantz.
The since-updated incident report now includes a quote from that DOC officer about how Leverette had told him “he was stopped and frisked by ‘Everett Police’ for no reason the previous day because of ‘being Black.'”
According to Rantz, Leverette made the fatal mistake of not removing the voice mail message for the phone number he’d used to call 911.
“I noted that the voice mail was set up by a mail (sic) with a voice that seemed very similar to that of Tamon. I asked Dispatch if this phone number had been previously used for any calls to 911 Dispatch,” Leverette’s incident report now reads.
“The Dispatcher notified me shortly after that the phone number had called 911 on five separate occasions in December of 2020 for ‘Civil’ calls at an address of 520 Commercial Ave, Darrington WA. Dispatch advised me that the only name used to call into 911 on those incidents was ‘Tamon L.'”
“The officer then contacted the DOC to see who was supervising Leverette. After a quick call, he found out that Leverette’s number matched that of ‘Stacy Williams.’ Leverette was arrested with two counts of false reporting, but a charging decision has not yet been made,” Rantz confirmed.
It’s not clear why a charging decision hasn’t been made yet, especially given the repercussions of his bad behavior.
“This event tied up police resources for an extended period of time and unnecessarily placed our officers, our community, and the subject making the false call at risk,” Arlington Police Department chief Jonathan Ventura told Rantz.
“These type of calls only serve to create division at a time when we need unity. This call highlights the training and professionalism of our officers despite the apparent attempt to goad law enforcement into some type of negative response or altercation.”
“To have this type of situation come up at a time where we’re working so hard to bridge that gap and to be more transparent and open with our communities, and to build a stronger relationship with our communities,” Ventura added.
“This really works against us in making that happen at a time where we’re being told that we need to be working harder than ever. It’s just so anti-productive and it really, unfortunately, ties up our resources,” he said.
There’s also the issue of Leverette’s past behavior. It was only two months earlier (prior to the February incident) that he pulled the exact same stunt.
Claiming to be a man named Eric Johnson, he reportedly told the 911 operator at the time, “I’m with my daughters right now. There’s a young African American male, teenage. He has on black and red. I’ve seen, he has a gun on him. And, you know, I have my children here.”
It’s not clear why this man isn’t in prison yet, though it may have something to do with the fact that Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornelll is reportedly a “strong Democrat,” according to an “Endorsement Request Questionnaire” published by the 38th Legislative District Democrats in 2018.
It’s deemed by some that Democrats have a bad habit of being overly lenient with offenders — even repeat ones.