Police in Hartford, Connecticut, didn’t know they were being tested when a 911 call sent them to a reported drowning at a community center, according to authorities.
Officers were called to a report of a child drowning at Willie Ware Center at around 12:36 p.m. on Monday, WTNH said. Police got to the scene at 12:40 p.m., authorities said, reported the Hartford Courant.
But a child wasn’t drowning, authorities said. The community center doesn’t even have a pool, police said, according to the Courant. Officers at the scene found out the real reason they were there: to help Jermiah Grant, 34, prove a point, police said, WTNH reported.
While sitting at a splash pad, Grant reportedly said police don’t care about the “poor black community” and wanted to “evaluate the response time of emergency services,” officers said, reported WFSB.
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But the response from police was “rapid” after Grant made the report, authorities said, according to the news station.
Grant was arrested on charges of making a false report and other offenses, WTNH said.
This is the second time in less than a month that Grant has made a false 911 call, according to the Courant. Grant reported a break-in at his house on June 12, authorities said, and police responded quickly to that call, too. A mental health watch was ordered for him in court on Tuesday, the newspaper reported.