Caldwell, N.J.’s budding scientist Bobbi Wilson––the 9-year-old who last Oct. 22 had a white neighbor, Gordon Lawshe, call the police on her as she tried to combat spotted lanternflies with a homemade insecticide––was recently honored by the Montclair Minority Officers Association Sentinels 16-87, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) NJ Chapter, Montclair Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #126 and Montclair PBA Local #53. Montclair Police Officer Erica Peterson, who helped organize the local police event for Wilson, told her “I just want you to know that I am you, I see you, I represent you.”

Ever since Wilson’s mother, Monique Joseph, spoke up at a Caldwell Council meeting about the potentially dangerous incident, the fourth grader has been applauded for her intellectual curiosity by various groups, most recently the Caldwell Environmental Commission and by Black female scientists at Yale University.

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