The new Central Park Karen? A cyclist who found two black women’s phone charger on the ground refuses to give them back and calls 911 to claim they’re beating her
A woman has been dubbed the ‘new Central Park Karen’ after she was filmed claiming two black women had beaten her for refusing to return their phone charger.
The unidentified woman was filmed on the phone to cops in New York’s Central Park earlier this week after being confronted by vlogger Alana Lambert and her friend, both of whom are black.
Lambert said her portable charger fell from her friend’s CitiBike as they vlogged in the famed beauty spot, but that the mystery woman then picked it up and refused to return it without proof it was theirs.
Lambert filmed what happened next with the woman telling a 911 dispatcher that the two black women were ‘touching’, ‘threatening’, and ‘beating’ her when the footage shows this not to be the case.
She also tells the black women ‘yes I am’ when they ask if she is racist.
It is now a crime to make a false or hate-based 911 call in the state of New York after lawmakers passed a series of criminal justice and police reform laws last summer.
This law was triggered by the original ‘Central Park Karen’ case. That saw white woman Amy Cooper called 911 on a black bird watcher in Central Park to falsely claim he had threatened her life when he had just asked her to put her dog on a leash.
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She made that call on May 25, 2020 – the same day George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
A ‘Karen’ is a nickname given to a white woman acting in an officious or entitled way, often towards people of color, with multiple incidents of such behavior emerging on social media in recent months.
Lambert’s footage, posted on TikTok and YouTube Thursday, begins with a shot of the ‘Karen’ standing holding her bike up with one hand and her cellphone in the other as she speaks into the phone.
‘Can I just have it back please?’ Lambert is heard asking off-camera.
Lambert’s friend asks her: ‘Do you have video [of the charger]?’
Lambert replies: ‘I definitely have a video with it on but she’s not going to give it back even if I show her.’
She then tells the camera: ‘This lady just stole my charger and won’t give it back.
‘She’s saying that I have to prove it’s mine and she’s calling the cops on me right now.’
The ‘Karen’ is heard on the phone in the background.
‘In Central Park… that they’re going to beat me,’ she says into her phone.
‘She said that we’re going to beat her!’ Lambert’s friend exclaims off camera.
The 911 dispatcher is heard asking if the ‘Karen’ is in Central Park.
‘She’s lying,’ says Lambert’s friend, while Lambert tells the ‘Karen’: ‘You know that’s illegal now right?’
The ‘Karen’ starts wheeling her bike away from the two women then shouts: ‘They’re getting close to me and they’re already touching me.’
The video shows that the two women are not touching her.
‘That’s our property,’ says Lambert. ‘No one’s touching you.’
The ‘Karen’ fires back that ‘it’s not yours either.’