‘An African-American man is threatening my life’: White woman walking her dog off a leash in a prohibited area of Central Park calls the COPS on a black man who simply asked her to put it back on
- Video posted by an HBO director Monday shows a white women threatening to call cops and tell them an African American man is threatening her life
- Melody Cooper shared the clip of her bird-watcher brother’s encounter with the dog walker
- The woman is seen petting her pooch then suddenly asks the man to stop filming but when he doesn’t stop she marches directly up to him with a stern message
- ‘I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,’ she says as she gets closer to the man she apparently fears
- It’s unclear what the allegedly threatening conversation was prior to filming
- The woman repeats to cops that an African American man is recording her dog but after a brief pause she becomes hysterical
- She yells: ‘I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately…’
A video of a white woman asked to put a leash on her dog in a prohibited area of New York’s Central Park has gone viral after she called the police claiming an African American man was threatening her life.
Video posted Monday by the man’s sister shows the woman out walking her dog who is not attached to a leash.
The footage begins with the dog-walker stroking her pet then marching toward the amateur videographer demanding: ‘Please stop, sir I’m asking you to stop.’
The man, who does not appear on camera, responds: ‘Please don’t come close to me’ several times as she asks him to stop filming then tells him she’s calling the cops.
Video posted by an HBO director Monday shows a white women threatening to call cops and tell them an African American man is threatening her life
When the man behind the camera invites her to ‘please call the cops’, she responds, ‘I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.’
The brother of Melody Cooper, a writer and director on HBO’s Two-Sentence Horror Stories responds to the dog owner: ‘Please tell them whatever you like.’
She is then heard saying: ‘I’m in the Ramble and an African American man with a bicycle helmet, he is recording me and threatening my dog.’
She pauses for a moment then continues: ‘I’m am in Central Park, there is an African American man. He is recording me and threatening my dog.’
There is another pause as the woman listens to the other end of the phone line then she suddenly sounds hysterical.
‘I’m sorry I can’t hear,’ she cries. ‘I’m being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately…’
The woman is seen petting her pooch then suddenly asks the man to stop filming but when he doesn’t stop she marches directly up to him with a stern message
After a brief pause she responds to the operator: ‘I’m in Central Park in the Ramble, I don’t know.’
At that point the woman clips the dog onto a leash and the man responds: ‘Thank you’ and stops filming.
Throughout the video the dog is seen flailing around seemingly eager to be free of the woman’s restraint as she grabs the harness by the neck without attaching a leash.
Central Park states that dogs must be on a leash from 9am to 9pm in the Ramble – a protected nature reserve between 73rd and 78th Streets.
The man’s sister said he stopped filming once she adhered to his request.
‘He’s fine, thankfully,’ Cooper responded to a Twitter user. ‘No I told him to be careful! As soon as she leashed the dog, he said thank you stopped filming and went about his business. This kind of entitlement dog walking happens weekly in the Ramble.’
‘I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,’ she says as she gets closer to the man she apparently fears. The man tells her to say whatever she wants
The woman repeats to cops that an African American man is recording her dog but after a brief pause she becomes hysterical and claims he’s threatening her and her dog
Cooper said her brother is a bird watcher.
‘He was physically accosted by one guy who shoved him. I’ve told my bro to bird (socially distancing) with others,’ she tweeted.
Cooper explained that her sibling ‘started filming her because she refused to put her dog on a leash and he sensed she was going to go full on Karen. And she did.’
‘Notice how her immediate response is to tell the cops an ‘African American’ man is ‘threatening’ her. She weaponized her tears & knows that the fastest way for cops to respond is to put her virtual white hood on. Disgusting and a reminder of Emmett Till. Nothing has changed,’ one Twitter user noted.
The man says thank you and stops filming as soon as she attaches her dog to a leash
In the Ramble Central Park, New York City, dogs must be restrained between 9am and 9pm