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Video of Park Slope resident calling cops on woman waiting for Uber stirs controversy

August 2, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A video of a young Park Slope woman angrily calling the cops on Darsell Obregon, another woman who had had taken shelter in her doorway in the pouring rain and was waiting for an Uber, has attracted more than 150,000 views on Obregon’s Facebook page and elsewhere.

The incident has been interpreted as the latest in a series of white people calling the police to report blacks going about their daily lives, according to Newsweek.

On Sunday afternoon, I was in Brooklyn walking to the train when a sudden rainstorm began and I hid in the doorway outside of a random apartment in Park Slope to shield myself from the rain and call an Uber,” wrote Obregon, an alumna of the Berklee School of Music who hails from Miami and now lives in the New York area. “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 … so then she proceeded to call the police.”  

Even after the Uber appeared, Newsweek said, the woman told the driver that if he left with Obregon in the car, he’d be committing a crime. The woman who called the cops, 19-year-old Arabella Torres, told the New York Post that she’s Puerto Rican and that she suffers from autism. On her Facebook page, Obregon said, “I am not Black and have never claimed to be.”

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(Photo courtesy of Obregon’s Facebook)

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