Changing the Locks on Your New Home While Black
There’s driving while black and there’s walking while black. Now we have changing the locks on your new home while black:
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating why a couple was confronted at gunpoint by neighbors and then arrested and forced to spend the night in jail when they tried to move into the home they had just purchased, Channel 2 Action News reported.
The Kalonji family had just closed on a foreclosed home and were told by their real estate agent they should go over to the house and change the locks.
But when Jean Kalonji and his wife, Angelica, started working at the home, an armed man and another person who appeared to be the man’s son allegedly confronted them.
“He say to put the hands up and get out from the house, otherwise he would shoot us,” the husband told Channel 2.
The neighbors didn’t believe the couple when they told them they had bought the home and called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. The Kalonjis didn’t have the closing papers with them, so deputies arrested them, charged them with loitering and prowling and took them to jail.
Yvette Harris, the couple’s real estate agent, said they never should have been arrested.
“They rightfully own this house,” Harris said.
The “Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating why a couple was confronted at gunpoint by neighbors..?” They were confronted because they were black. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office should look into why they hauled the Kalonji’s down to the station and threw them into a cell for the night. I’m willing to bet it’s because the two men who pulled guns on the couple were white, and the Sheriff’s deputies believed the white people over the black people.