Who is 'New Central Park Karen'? 'Racist' woman calls 911 on 2 Black women and falsely claims they 'beat' her
The 'Karen' came forward to pick up a charger that had fallen and an argument ensued as one of the Black women asked her to return the item. The woman refused, saying that they do not have any proof that the charger was theirs
YouTuber Lana Cole, whose real name is Alana Lambert, was harassed by a woman when they were vlogging in Central Park in New York City. In a video shared by Lambert on her YouTube channel and TikTok, a woman can be seen refusing to return her portable charger. The unidentified woman, who is being dubbed by people online as 'Central Park Karen', went to the extent of calling 911 and falsely accused the two vloggers of "touching", "threatening", and "beating" her.
During the video, when Lambert asks the woman if she is racist, she responds, "Yes, I am. I pick my race over any race. What’s your problem?” The matter was later resolved by the intervention of the police who returned Lambert's charger to her. Presently, it is a hate crime by law in New York to make a false call to 911 on racist grounds.
Who is Central Park Karen?
According to Lambert, she and her friend, who is also Black, decided to spend a day vlogging across New York City. They were going around Central Park when her portable charger fell from her friend's CitiBike.
The woman cyclist came forward to pick up the charger and an argument ensued as Lambert asked her to return the item. However, the woman refused, saying that they do not have any proof that the charger was theirs. "You have to prove it. I'm not saying I'm not going to give it to you; you have to prove that it's yours," she said. "She's saying that I have to prove it's mine and she's calling the cops on me right now," Lambert said on camera.
In the video, the woman is also seen speaking to a 911 dispatcher on her phone saying, "Ma'am they don't left me, there are two girls. They are surrounding me and they are threatening me that they are going to beat me or something." Lambert can be heard telling her off-camera not to do that, and calling her a "liar." She also reminds the woman, "You know that's illegal now right?"
Later the woman also tells the 911 dispatcher, "They're getting close to me and they're already touching me," while the video does not show any sign of touching or threatening from Lambert's end.
Later, the woman threatens to break the charger telling Lambert, "I'm going throw it away. You haven't paid for it, your daddy paid for it, or maybe your sister paid for it." The video proceeds to show the debating trio being approached by a group of horse-mounted NYC police officers, who then intervene to resolve the issue.
Lambert later narrated the incident in the video while getting emotional about the ordeal.