The story of a white woman calling police on a black man, who complained about her unleashed dog, in Central Park has also gone viral. After the man complained about the dog, the woman called police to say an “African American man” was threatening her. The woman, later identified as Amy Cooper, has since lost her job, and authorities are considering charges against her.
Sharing his story
Harris didn’t want to share his story to stir up any problems.
“It’s more of an educational thing,” he said.
He is concerned about people using the emergency call system as a weapon against people of color, either because they are scared or out of hate.
“It happens more to us,” Harris said of how inaccurate reports made to police often target black men. “I can clearly, clearly understand how this thing could have gone in another direction … I could have been, 100%, a victim.”
Speaking about the caller, Harris said, “I wish she knew me … If anything went wrong I would have put my life on the line to save her.”
Officers utilize discretion
In a statement, Parkside University Police Chief James Heller said, “No two calls are the same, and officers need to be able to utilize discretion and quickly determine while on-scene how credible the initial complaint may be.