A man is facing charges after Hartford police said he made a false 911 call about a child that was drowning.
It happened on Monday around 12:30 p.m.
Police said they had received a 911 call that a child was drowning at the Willie Ware Center.
It was later learned that the call was reportedly made to “evaluate the response time of emergency services,” police said.
"A lot of resources went to that location immediately," said Lt. Paul Cicero of the Hartford Police Department.
An eyewitness told police that the suspect sat next to her at the splash pad and was complaining that police don’t care about the “poor black community” in Hartford.
"That's one man's opinion and I think I speak for every single Hartford Police officer when I say that's insulting," Cicero said.
The man was identified as Jermiah Grant, who had dialed 911 to say there was a child drowning.
Police said the man was then met by an “exceedingly rapid response from emergency services.”
According to police, Grant did something similar five weeks ago when he called the police to say armed men were at his home.
Police say many in the city are very sensitive to drowning calls, especially in light of an earlier tragedy this month.
"A lot of police officers, medical personnel, and firefighter are raw. It's still fresh in our minds," said Cicero.
Grant was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident, interfering with police, and second-degree breach of peace.
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