On Wednesday, July 25, Darsell Obregon shared a video on Facebook of a White woman, later identified as Arabella Juniper Torres, calling the police on her after she sought shelter from the rain in a doorway while waiting for an Uber in Brooklyn, New York.
Obregon detailed the incident, which happened the Sunday before her public post. “I was in #Brooklyn walking to the train when a sudden rain storm began and I hid in the doorway OUTSIDE of a random apartment in #ParkSlope to shield myself from the rain and call an Uber,” she wrote. “No more than 3 minutes later a young woman who lives in the building opened the front door and told me that I can not stand there and had to leave. I told her I was not going to move (unbeknownst to her I was just waiting for my ride and would be leaving in a couple of minutes) so then she proceeded to call the police.”
“Ma’am this is not public property,” Torres can be heard saying to the dispatcher. “So you’re sending an officer because now she’s recording me … I asked her to leave and now she’s refusing.”
Later in the video, Obregon got into her Uber and was followed by the young White woman. The driver began to slowly pull off when Torres told him, “If you go anywhere, you’ll be committing a crime as well; you know that, right?” She then frantically provided the license plate to the 911 operator.
The Brooklyn resident becomes the latest White person to be recorded calling the cops on Black people carrying out everyday tasks including selling water, mowing a lawn and going swimming. The frequent occurrences have prompted a discussion about what should be the consequence following these kinds of reports.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.