The video of a woman calling the cops on a Black man at Central Park has gone viral.
Christian Cooper captured video of dog owner Amy Cooper at Central Park. Before he started rolling, he asked Amy to put her dog on a leash, per the park’s policy. When she refused, he began recording and that’s when Amy got hostile.
“Sir, I’m asking you to stop recording me,” Amy said at the camera as she walked towards him. That’s when Christian asked her not to approach him. His voice seemed to crack in fear as he asked her to keep her distance.
When Christian did not stop recording, Amy got on the phone and lied to the 911 operator. She stated that she was in the park and that she was being recorded and threatened by an “African man.”
“At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess,” Christian told NBC News.
What’s most ironic about the video is that while Amy is harassing and making false accusations on the phone, her dog appears to be in distress. In the video, she’s shown grabbing the dog by its collar and pulling the dog back and forth as she gets more irate.
Amy used her whiteness to subdue the man in the video who was only asking that she follow park policy. Her voice even shakes in fear on the phone with 911 as if her life is actually in danger!
Watch the full exchange here:
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. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
Police officers did eventually show up to the scene, but both parties were already gone by that time.
In response to Amy’s racism and the attention it garnered, Amy has been put on administrative leave by her employer Franklin Templeton, an investment management company.
Amy also lost her dog. The adoption organization where Amy found her dog, Adopted Angels, made a statement after folks complained about the animal cruelty displayed in the video.
“The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health,” the rescue said.
This incident has alarmed the Black community and continued to spark the conversation of the “Karen” trope.
At first, when “Karen” would trend, I would be amused.
Now I brace myself. “Karen” now feels like a trigger warning for white female violence.
Videos of white women coughing on people. The Central Park woman trying to get a black man arrested. All of this is violence.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) May 26, 2020
What is a Karen? A white woman who cries “fear” in the face of being Black people. From Black folks gathering for a park BBQ, to a little girl picking up her grandmother’s mail – the “Karen’s” of the world are just as dangerous as white racists with a fun. But instead of rage and guns, Karen’s equip themselves with fragility. They use their femaleness to appear “in danger” to officials. They use local police as their personal bodyguard. And everyone knows that a call to police is a direct threat to Black bodies.
Not only is it approp Central Park Karen (Amy Cooper) lost her job, she should be charged w/ attempted murder. She constructed her description aloud, mockingly before she even dialed, cried on cue, knew w/ reasonable certainty what police would do. Knowing she was being recorded!
— Johnathan S. Perkins 🆘 (@JohnathanPerk) May 26, 2020
Karen’s are dangerous to the Black community and need to be held accountable. No update on whether she has been charged with an attempt to file a false police report.
South Carolina girl assaulted by White neighbor while picking up her grandmother’s mail
Eleven-year-old Skhylur Davis was picking up her grandmother’s mail when a white neighbor assaulted her and accused her of stealing mail. Now Davis is speaking out and seeking justice.
According to an Aiken Department of Public Safety report, Davis’ grandmother, Ms. Patterson, stated that Davis and two friends were walking down the street when Davis stopped to pick up the mail. When she stopped, she was approached by a white neighbor – identified as Ms. Shirey in the report. Davis said Ms. Shirey aggressively approached her, demanded her mail and grabbed her arms.
According to the report, during the wrestle, Ms. Shirey saw that the mail was not hers. Davis said Ms. Shirey apologized and offered her cookies. The children also told officials that Mr. Shirey also came outside and verbally harassed them.
Ms. Shirey has since been charged for assault and battery in the third degree. You can see the report shared by Davis’ attorney:
Meet Skhylur, an 11yr old who on last Monday was assaulted in Aiken by a grown woman while…wait for it…getting mail for her grandmother. After the assault, she was offered cookies. We have this queen’s back though.💯 Stay tuned for more on her story & how she’s fighting back. pic.twitter.com/8t0xPpcgkf
— Justin Bamberg, Esq. (@JustinBamberg) May 19, 2020
Davis, 11, was recently joined by her attorney, Justin Bamberg, on a Zoom press conference on May 20 to speak about the details of the incident.
“This is bigger than just Mrs. Shirey and what happened,” said Bamberd. “This is a small piece of a much larger puzzle, we want people to understand that you need to think before you act.
He cautioned people from judging others based on what they look like. Adding, “We want the criminal justice system in Aiken County to make an example out of Mrs. Shirey to deter other people from doing the same thing again.”
During the Zoom conference call, Davis’ grandmother shared that she’s never had any issues with her neighbors before and so she often sent her granddaughter to get her mail.
“She was violated,” Ms. Patterson. “Growing up in the South, we had to endure this, our parents had to endure this. It’s 2020, we will not have our children go through what we had to go through.”
Add ‘picking up mail while black’ to things we can’t do without the threat of violence. Meet my client Skhylur, an 11-year-old from South Carolina. This time the charge is Assault & Battery. Look for her story tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/iIVvUdZe59
— Justin Bamberg, Esq. (@JustinBamberg) May 18, 2020