A white lady who got here beneath hearth for telling a black couple to “stay in [your] hood” throughout a spat in a Brooklyn canine park denied Monday that her feedback had any “racial undertones.”
Emma Sarley — who was booted from her job amid a social-media backlash to the viral video of Saturday’s confrontation in McCarren Park in Williamsburg — added that she was sorry for her “temporary and inconsiderate second.
“My reference to ‘back to your hood’ only referred to another dog park outside of this neighborhood park,” Sarley stated in an announcement offered to The Submit.
“I used to be annoyed and upset, however to be clear – I had no meant racial undertones in my feedback in anyway. I stated it as a result of it’s an unspoken rule at our native park that when a canine is being aggressive, house owners instantly take away them so it may be a peaceful, welcoming surroundings for everybody else.
“However, I fully understand how my words could’ve been interpreted and I deeply wish I had chosen them more carefully,” she stated. “A brief and thoughtless moment in my life has now led to nationwide outrage and hurt. For that, I am sorry.”
Within the assertion, issued by means of a public-relations agency, Sarley stated she completely accepts accountability for “how I could have handled things differently in that moment.”
Sarley additionally claimed that she by no means threatened to name the police throughout the confrontation, as she was accused of doing, nor went on “a tirade.
“As the dog owners followed me down the street with the phone camera on, I was filled with some panic because I’ve never been in an altercation like this and reacted in an inappropriate way,” she stated. “That’s what you witnessed on that tape.
“I’ve lived in New York City for a decade, my Brooklyn neighborhood and dog park is extremely diverse, something I truly love about this city, and I never meant for my words to contribute to pain for anyone,” she added. “I truly hope we can find understanding and a peaceful resolution to this, for everyone involved.”
Frederick Joseph has stated he and his fiancée had been threatened by Sarley after she confused their canine with a special pooch that had been barking loudly on the park.
“So I started recording and she tried to slap the phone out of my hand,” Joseph wrote on Twitter, referring to Sarley.
Within the aftermath of the video, Sarley was fired her job with the software program platform Bevy.