An African American man captured the moment a Caucasian woman made a 911 call and pretended to be in distress while lying that “an African American man” is threatening her life.
The woman was at the famous Ramble in New York’s Central Park when she took her dog off the leash, an act that is clearly against the rules so as to protect the birds from dogs.
An African American man who is “an avid birder” politely asked her to put her dog back on the leash but she refused.
When the man began filming her, she confronted him and asked him to stop. He told her he will stop when she complies and puts her dog on the leash.
Rather than obey the park rules, the woman told him that she will call the cops and tell them that he’s threatening her.
She said: “I’m going to tell them that there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
She took her phone, dialed 911, and told the cops just that. But she didn’t stop there. She pretended like she was in distress and begged them to send the cops immediately. While at it, she was strangling her dog, making the animal scream as though they were under attack.
She took her acting further by crying and begging for help as though her life were in danger.
The video was shared online by Melody Cooper, a sister to the African American man.
She wrote: “Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash.”
Melody Cooper later added that her brother is fine and he didn’t get in trouble with the cops.
Twitter users reacted to the video in outrage and called for the woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, to be arrested for making an unnecessary 911 call.
Others pointed out how she intentionally used the man’s race as a weapon against him. They said that by emphasizing his race, she knew what she was doing and hoped that the colour of his skin will make the cops biased against him.
Below are some comments in reaction to the video.