A Michigan woman received a $ 385 bill for speaking on the phone Thursday, FOX 2 Detroit reported.
Diamond Robinson’s neighbor called the police to report a noise complaint.
When the police arrived, Robinson recorded the encounter on Facebook Live.
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A Michigan woman was issued a $ 385 bill by police for talking too loudly on the phone in her neighborhood Thursday, local reports said.
Diamond Robinson, a black woman, was walking down the street in her Eastpointe, Michigan neighborhood when her neighbor asked if she could “hang up or speak lower,” according to FOX 2 Detroit.
In response, Robinson told the outlet that she told the neighbor to “get out of my face” and continued to walk. However, the police arrived at the scene a few minutes later.
Robinson then began recording the meeting on Facebook Live.
“I’m not doing anything. I’m on the phone walking in the dark paying taxes on. I’m confused,” Robinson said in the video, which has more than 30,000 views. In the video, one of the officers who responded said he was writing a ticket to her for “being a public nuisance.”
“No, I don’t accept that,” Robinson replied. The video shows the policeman placing the ticket in his mailbox.
“Am I getting a ticket for being a public nuisance because I speak too loudly on my phone?” Robinson said in the video.
Robinson told FOX 2 Detroit that she believes race was a factor in this incident. The report says the person who called the police on Robinson is a white woman and is new to the neighborhood.
Robinson will continue to fight the ticket in court, according to the report. In addition, she also had surveillance cameras installed at her home after the incident.
In a press release Friday, the Eastpointe Police Department said officers arrived in the neighborhood after receiving a noise complaint. After trying to talk to Robinson about why they were called, the police said: “she refused to participate in the investigation”.
“Based on Ms Robinson’s responses, police believed the disorderly behavior would continue when they left,” the police statement said. “The officers chose to use the least intrusive resolution for the situation by issuing a civil offense citation rather than misdemeanor violations and / or an arrest.”
Police did not identify the appellant, although in her video Robinson calls her neighbor “Rebecca”.
The neighbor did not comment on the situation, but told FOX 2 Detroit the post “speaks for itself.”
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