A white woman was recorded calling police Wednesday to report a black man standing outside her rental home in the White Center.
In the roughly three-minute video, which contains the abuse, circulating on social mediaThe woman is seen talking on the phone with the police dispatch after confronting Dason Barnes, who is Black.
“If you guys have a leash, I’d just like to see a leash,” the woman, who has not been identified, told Barnes and her partner in the video. The video was posted to Reddit by Barnes’ partner on Wednesday.
In 2020, a . a video of white woman calling the police A black bird-watcher in New York’s Central Park went viral, with many viewing the incident as a reflection of the face of color of everyday racism and life-threatening situations.
Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Barnes said a woman he recognized as a resident from down the street retreated from her home as he stood in the backyard. Barnes and his partner had moved into the house about three weeks ago, and said several other neighbors saw their U-Haul truck in front of the house.
Barnes said he and the woman waved to each other “as a normal neighbor”, but noticed that she turned back to park in front of the house.
Barnes said that when he asked her if she needed anything, the woman said she knew who lived in the house and accused him of not being a resident there. The woman told him she shouldn’t be on the property, and called 911, she said.
That’s when Barnes went back into the house to retrieve his phone to film the conversation and to tell his partner about the brawl, he said. Barnes said the woman’s behavior changed when she saw her partner, who is white, outside.
“I’m a black person, and I’m the only one out there and going inside to get my white boyfriend, he realized she was wrong and I think there was a misunderstanding,” Barnes said on Friday. “I understood she was trying to save face for herself and brushing it under the rug.”
Shortly after, a representative for the King County Sheriff’s Office arrived to respond to “reports of a possible residential theft,” according to spokeswoman Zoe Birkbeck.
Birkbeck said in an email, “Before arriving on the scene, Dispatch advised responders that the caller said it was a misunderstanding, but has now resulted in a verbal disturbance.”
In the video, Barnes’ partner can be heard accusing the woman of calling the police because “she saw a black man walk into the house.” The woman can be heard replying, “Oh my god, this has nothing to do with race.”
However, Barnes said, “it was clearly a race thing.”
“I was standing in the backyard and he treated me like some thug,” Barnes said. “I was wearing a hoodie because it was cold that morning, a black hoodie, and he thought I shouldn’t be there, I was stealing from the house.”
In the video, two cars from the sheriff’s office can be seen pulling up to the house. After checking Barnes’ identity, the representative left after about five minutes.
According to Birkbeck, no official report was taken.
Barnes and his partner moved from Texas to Seattle, where they said they were often racially profiled. White men had called the police several times over him when he was walking or running from some neighborhood, he said, an experience that always terrified him of potential police interactions.
But this is the first time that the police Met him in Washington, he said.
“I didn’t think I’d have to experience it outside the South,” Barnes said. “I left the South to make these things obsolete.”