White woman calls police on Black man standing outside his Seattle area home


A white woman was recorded whereas calling police Wednesday to report a Black man who was standing outside his rental home in White Middle.

In a roughly three-minute video, which accommodates profanity, circulating on social Media, the woman is seen speaking on the telephone with police dispatch after confronting Dayson Barnes, who’s Black. 

“If you guys have a lease, I’d just like to see the lease,” the woman, who was not recognized, informed Barnes and his associate within the video. The video was posted on Reddit on Wednesday by Barnes’ associate.

The recorded interplay recollects movies reported on social Media depicting white ladies calling regulation enforcement on folks of coloration for mundane actions and innocuous habits. 

In 2020, a video of a white woman calling the police on a Black bird-watcher in New York’s Central Park went viral, with many viewing the incident as a mirrored image of the on a regular basis racism and life-threatening conditions folks of coloration face.

About 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Barnes stated a woman he acknowledged as a resident from down the road drove by his home as he was standing within the yard. Barnes and his associate had moved into the home about three weeks in the past, and stated many different neighbors observed their U-Haul truck in entrance of the home. 

Barnes stated he and the woman waved to one another, “as a normal neighbor would,” however observed she looped again round to park in entrance of the home. 

Barnes stated that when he approached her to ask if she wanted one thing, the woman stated she knew who lived within the home and accused him of not being a resident there. The woman informed him he shouldn’t be on the property, and referred to as 911, he stated. 

That’s when Barnes went again into the home to retrieve his telephone to movie the interplay, and to inform his associate concerning the dispute, he stated. Barnes stated the woman’s demeanor modified when she noticed his associate, who’s white, come outside. 

“I’m a Black man, and me being out there alone and for me to go inside to get my white boyfriend, she felt she was in the wrong I guess and that there was a misunderstanding,” Barnes stated Friday. “I did get the sense of her trying to save face for herself and brush it under the rug.” 

Shortly after, King County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies arrived to reply “to reports of a potential residential burglary,” in response to spokesperson Zoe Birkbeck. 

“Before arriving on scene, dispatch advised responding deputies that the caller said that it was a misunderstanding however now a verbal disturbance had ensued,” Birkbeck stated in an electronic mail. 

Within the video, Barnes’ associate may be heard accusing the woman of calling the cops as a result of “she saw a Black man walk in the house.” The woman may be heard responding, “Oh my gosh this has nothing to do with race.” 

Barnes, nonetheless, stated “It was obviously a race thing.” 

“I was standing in the backyard and she perceived me as some thug,” Barnes stated. “I was wearing a hoodie because it’s cold that morning, a black hoodie, and she thought I shouldn’t be there, I was stealing from the house.”

Within the video, two Sheriff’s Workplace vehicles may be seen pulling as much as the home. After checking Barnes’ identification, deputies left after about 5 minutes. 

No official report was taken, in response to Birkbeck. 

Barnes and his associate moved to Seattle from Texas, the place he stated he was continuously racially profiled. White folks had referred to as the cops on him plenty of instances when he was strolling or working by sure neighborhoods, he stated, an expertise that all the time made him petrified of doable police interactions. 

However this was the primary time police has been referred to as on him in Washington, he stated. 

“I didn’t think I’d have to experience this outside of the South,” Barnes stated. “I left the South to make these things obsolete.”

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