Former councilman calls cops on a 9-year-old girl who was killing invasive species

Neighbors were in shock when they learned that a former New Jersey councilman called the cops on a 9-year-old Black girl, who was walking around killing invasive species — lanternflies.

Gordan Lawshe has come under heavy criticism after he called the police saying there was a “little black woman walking and spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees” in Caldwell.

In a bodycam footage, Lawshe was seen saying, “I don’t know what the hell she’s doing,” adding that it “scares me, though.”

The 9-year-old girl was identified as Bobbi Wilson, who took it upon herself to get rid of the invasive species that is becoming a problem in the neighborhood.

Monique Joseph, Bobbi’s mother was shocked when the police arrived and told her that they got a call from a neighbor about the incident.

“Are you serious?” Joseph asks the officer, moments after telling him their neighbor, a former local councilman, “could’ve just rang the bell.”

“Yeah, I guess he saw — I’m not sure. I’m not sure,” the officer replies. “You’re obviously next-door neighbors.”

When Bobbi asked the officer if she was in trouble, he responded by telling her, “No, you are fine.” The officer also assured Joseph that all was fine.

Lawshe can be heard saying in a video, “What a weirdo, huh?” after the officer explained to him that the young girl was just catching and killing lanternflies.

Lawshe also snubbed Joseph when she went to explain things to him.

It’s unclear when the incident happened. But, Joseph spoke out about the incident during an Oct. 22 city council meeting, telling borough leaders, “Racism, intentional or not, is still racism.”

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The Stomp It Out Campaign

New Jersey has a “Stomp It Out” campaign to encourage residents to kill the invasive spotted lanternflies, which are harmful to plants and trees.

Bobbi made it her goal to attempt to kill as many of the insects as she could after learning of the threat the spotted lanternfly poses to trees and plants in her neighborhood. Even the local newspaper, the Progress, ran a piece about her outstanding efforts.

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