A journalist wanted to walk her dog. She went viral on TikTok for assisting federal raid.

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Step aside, Clark Kent. Milwaukee has its own crime-fighting journalist.

What started as Taylor Lumpkin taking her dog out one recent morning turned into much more. The TMJ4 multimedia journalist and her trusty sidekick Gracie ended up helping law enforcement officers sporting tactical gear, according to TikToks she posted about the experience.

Her videos, sprinkled with commentary, racked up millions of views in just days. And, Lumpkin’s following has grown to over 40,000.

So, here’s “the tea,” according to Lumpkin’s TikToks:

Lumpkin needed to take Gracie outside to go to the bathroom before work. That’s when she came across a man who was trying to get into her apartment building with a key fob that wasn’t working.

He showed Lumpkin his badge and asked if she could let him in on the other side of the building. When she opened the door for him, the officer told her to keep it open while he went to get something.

That something?Just 10 to 20 ATF police officers.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives works to protect communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products, according to the agency’s website.

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Lumpkin asked the officers if she should be concerned

“The head honcho of the group, who I originally met in the beginning, finally comes back and then he’s like, ‘Alright, let’s go,’ ” Lumpkin said in a video. “And they all looked to me to lead them … I took charge.”

When they got to the door the officers were looking for, Lumpkin was essentially the hostess with the mostest.

“I was like, ‘Y’all need anything else? Y’all still need me? My key fob? A water? Snack? I got Disney Princess Band-Aids if anybody gets hurt,” she said in a video.

They instructed Lumpkin to keep walking.

“I said, ‘Say less. You don’t got to tell me twice. I’m trying to live,” Lumpkin said in a video.

What came next can be heard in her initial viral TikTok about the incident, which has 8 million views and 1 million likes.

The person the officers were looking for  was staying with someone who was living in the building, Lumpkin said in a video, but neither was there any longer.

For all of their crime-fighting, Lumpkin and Gracie “need a key to the city, a proclamation for our heroic actions or something,” she said in a video.

And Lumpkin has a message for whoever the officers were looking for:

“Bro, my bad,” Lumpkin said in a video. “I thought I was just helping one person get it. Just one person. Normally, it’s not uncommon that police officers do like welfare checking or something here. So that’s what I thought that was. But obviously, clearly, it wasn’t.”

“I didn’t know what to do. I was overwhelmed. Please don’t put a hit on me. I ain’t trying to go into witness protection – again.”

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