By Prince Hakeem
An Arkansas woman was arrested after pulling a gun on four black children who were in their local high school area selling card to help fundraise for their football team.
46-year-old Jerri Kelly held four African American teenagers at gun point in front of her home. Apparently they were selling cards to help fundraise for their football team. Two of them were even wearing football jerseys.The incident took place at a home on Morningside Drive at 10 a.m. Aug. 7.
Wynne Police Chief Jackie Clark said officers responded to a report of “suspicious persons” and arrived to find four juveniles lying on the ground with a woman standing over them with a gun. The officer let the children stand up and they explained they were selling cards for a school athletic program.
She was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor.
She didn’t have her mugshot taken due to a medical issue. Apparently she’s also the wife of Cross County Jail Administrator Joe Kelly, one of the employees of the Wynne Police department. Some might say that is a conflict of interest. However the police chief states that while Kelly did not have her mugshot taken, it does not mean she receive any preferential treatment.
“I’m professional. My department is professional. There was no special treatment. She went through the steps just like any other person would,” said West.
Funny enough, I’ve personally been in this situation before. Not to extent of being held at gun point, but the reaction of fear and violence aimed at me and other black high school athletes is definitely not a new thing.