He asked if I’m “from here” and demanded to see my ID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 7th and P, playground

Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking into the park with my three-year-old, and I kneeled down to talk to him. A man stopped, put his hands on the gate, and stared at us. I looked back at him, and I asked him why he was staring at us. He asked me if I’m “from here” and demanded to see my ID. I was confused at first by what he even meant. I told him that I didn’t need to show him ID, and he insisted that I did. I told him that he was making me uncomfortable and that he should leave the park if he wasn’t with a child. We walked away, and he did, too. A man sitting on a bench asked us if we were OK. I stayed at the park for another hour after that, but I was shaken. I kept thinking he might come back with a weapon. I’m still so shaken and confused.

Submitted 6/1/17 by “JR”

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