Our canvasser, Eli, posted this last night:"#ThisIsAmerica. People call the police all the time on us, but this time was over the top –3 cops showed up while @dreaded_kaen and I was canvassing a neighborhood in Snellville. We’re just trying to get @DavidKim2018 elected! I was in my campaign shirt, hands full of literature and professional as always. It's crazy smh this is not the first time it's happened..it actually happens A LOT. The officers were nice but really 3!?!? Stay safe y’all and stay optimistic! And don’t forget to VOTE!!!!"
Posted by David Kim For Congress on Friday, July 13, 2018
Two Black students were surrounded by police officials after canvassing for a congressional applicant in Snellville, Georgia.
Eli Sabur and another student of Morehouse College shared a video of three Gwinnett County Police vehicles approaching them while encouraging residents to get out and vote for Democrat David Kim.
Sabur along with the other student Debo, were going from door to door asking local residents to vote for Kim. The candidate is running against Carolyn Bordeaux in the 7th congressional district. The current seat is being held by Republican Rob Woodall. However, the boys’ campaigning soon came to an end when a Snellville neighbor called the cops on them.
“All we’re doing, we’re just trying to get David Kim in office,” Sabur says. “Look at this,” Sabur reiterated in the video.
The young man captioned the Instagram video, “#ThisIsAmerica. People call the police all the time on us, but this time was over the top,” Sabur wrote. “I was in my campaign shirt, hands full of literature and professional as always. It’s crazy smh (shaking my head) this is not the first time it’s happened … it actually happens A LOT.”
The video received over 150,000 views on social media and it continued to circulate.
Kim shared Sabur’s video to his Facebook and wrote, “I understand why every parent of a child of color must have ‘the talk’ and worry about all our team members out in the field. I’m relieved that the police in this case were friendly and not intimidating, and that this regrettable incident didn’t escalate into something worse.”
The Democratic candidate expressed, “Political door knocking is not solicitation. It is perfectly legal and an expression of democracy at its finest.”
Sabur didn’t let the mishap deter him and he added, “Stay safe y’all and stay optimistic… And don’t forget to VOTE!”