While Covid-19 ravages black and minority communities, day to day life for uninfected African Americans remains no less dangerous:
Mr. Cooper, 57, a Harvard graduate who works in communications, has long been a prominent birder in the city and is on the board of the New York City Audubon Society,
The incident took place around 8:10 a.m. on Monday in the Ramble, a semi-wild section of Central Park where dogs are required to be on leashes at all times.
After Ms. Cooper refused to restrain the dog, Mr. Cooper said he planned to offer the dog treats to lure it away and induce her to leash the animal, according to a Facebook post in which he documented his version of their exchange.
“Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it,” he told her, before he pulled out the treats and began filming, according to his post.
Mr. Cooper then produced dog treats, he said.
“I pull out the dog treats I carry for just for such intransigence,” he wrote. “That’s when I started video recording with my iPhone, and when her inner Karen fully emerged and took a dark turn,” he said, using the name Karen, which has become slang for an entitled white woman.
The video captures Ms. Cooper first asking Mr. Cooper to stop filming her, then saying she will call the police and claim that she is being threatened by “an African-American.”
“Please tell them whatever you like,” Mr. Cooper says off camera.
She proceeds to call.
“I’m in the Ramble, there is a man, African-American, he has a bicycle helmet and he is recording me and threatening me and my dog,” she says to the 911 operator as she grips her pet’s collar tightly.
She adds: “I am being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately!”
She hangs up.
“Thank you,” Mr. Cooper says after she puts her dog on a leash and just before the video ends.
You’ve heard of suicide by cop? This was attempted murder by cop. Period. Full stop. If you watch the video she was actually harming her dog to make it yelp to sound like she was really being assaulted.
Fortunately, this had a good ending. Everyone is alive, and the woman was identified and the dog was taken back by the rescue organization, and she has promptly been fired from her job. The same can not be said for George Floyd:
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday, authorities said, amid protests and outrage after a viral video showed one of them kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man who cried that he could not breathe and later died.
A bystander’s video of the incident captured George Floyd telling the officers “I cannot breathe” as he is pinned to the ground, and as an increasingly distraught crowd of onlookers pleads with the officer to move his knee.
You can look for the video yourself, I see no reason to put it up here to traumatize our African-American readers, although I would recommend that those of you who are white search for it and watch it. Internalize it.
The casual indifference to life displayed in the video is shocking. George Floyd was, to those four cops, an unperson. It’s good they were fired. Now they all need to go to trial, be convicted, and sent to jail for murder.