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Indian-American journalist in Texas racially profiled as ‘Hispanic-looking’

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Two Texas minority journalists had police called on them this week because they appeared “suspicious” while reporting a story in Plano, TX.

Reporter Homa Bash tweeted that she and photographer C.J. Johnson were approached by police responding to a call that a “Hispanic-looking woman and black man with a suspicious white truck and camera” were near a school.

Bash joined KXAS-TV (NBC5) last month, she moved from Cleveland and is of Indian descent. Johnson is black.

Her tweet almost immediately struck a nerve with those in the country grappling with racial tensions.  It has been retweeted more than 60,000 times since Wednesday afternoon. Commenters offered apologies, observations about racial profiling and stories of their own encounters with police.

The Plano police officer who responded to the call, Laurie Hunter, is a veteran on the force who immediately recognized that the journalists were not a threat, said Plano police spokesman David Tilley.

She let Bash and Johnson continue reporting near Davis Elementary School, where they were working on story about a proposal to ban dogs from Plano ISD campuses.

NBC5 said in a statement that “the police officer and our crew were doing their jobs. Everyone acted professionally.”

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