Woman Fired After Being Accused of Racism at Brooklyn Dog Park

A white woman who reportedly threatened to call the cops on a black couple in a Brooklyn dog park while ordering them to “stay in your hood” has been fired, according to her former employer. The New York Post reports, the woman in the video was identified as Emma Sarley by the other dog owner, Frederick Joseph. Sarley’s now-deleted LinkedIn page showed she worked for the virtual conference software company Bevy.

The company’s CEO, Derek Andersen, responded to the incident on Twitter, saying, “Spoke with @FredTJoseph about his and his fiancé’s horrific experience from last night. So sorry to them for what has happened. No one should treat people the way we witnessed. This is extremely troubling. I will update you shortly.” He later announced Sarley’s dismissal stating, “@BevyHQ has zero-tolerance for discriminatory behavior of any kind. Yesterday an employee engaged in behavior contrary to our values and has been terminated. We apologize deeply to all involved.” Andersen followed the announcement of Sarley’s firing in a separate tweet, “I personally hope some type of resolution can happen between the two parties beyond this and will help if I can.”

Frederick Joseph, the man involved in the incident, claims that Sarley confronted him and his fiancé as they left McCarren dog park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

He stated on Twitter, “At the dog park in Brooklyn with my fiancé and this white woman was threatening to call [the] police and told us to “stay in our hood” because she had our dog confused with another dog who had been barking loudly. So, I started recording, and she tried to slap the phone out [of] my hand.”

Sarley is seen giving Joseph the middle finger and trying to slap the phone down. Although the video does not capture Sarley saying, “stay in your hood,” Joseph turns to an onlooker who confirms his accusation.

Joseph is a known race hustler and author of the New York Times best-selling book “The Black Best Friend: On Being a Better White Person.” He responded to Sarley’s termination, tweeting, “I’ve been told that @DerekjAndersen and @bevyhq have let go of Emma Sarley, as her racism against me and [my] fiancé doesn’t align with their values. I hope this is a lesson in accountability and consequences for Emma and others.”

In a video posted along with the tweet, Joseph called the incident a “racist attack” and stated that “I hope that Emma learns from this, I hope other people learn from this who engage in abusive, racist, and destructive behavior. Because ultimately, whether Emma lost her job or not doesn’t take away the trauma that my fiancé and I have.”

Through a public relations firm, Sarley told the New York Post that “My reference to ‘back to your hood’ only referred to another dog park outside of this neighborhood park.” Sarley also said, “I fully understand how my words could’ve been interpreted, and I deeply wish I had chosen them more carefully. A brief and thoughtless moment in my life has now led to nationwide outrage and hurt. For that, I am sorry.”

The NYPD is reportedly looking into the incident.

 

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