A woman was fired after she was accused of telling a Black man walking his dog in Williamsburg to stay in his 'hood'

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A composite image showing Frederick Joseph and a still from a video he took that he said showed a woman who told him and his fiancé to stay in their "hood."
A composite image showing Frederick Joseph and a still from a video he took that he said showed a woman who told him and his fiancé to stay in their "hood." Twitter/Frederick Joseph/Insider
  • Frederick Joseph said a woman told him and his fiancé to stay in their "hood" at a Brooklyn dog park.

  • He shared video footage of them talking after the alleged exchange.

  • Joseph said he spoke to the woman's employer, who confirmed an employee was fired over "discriminatory behavior."

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A woman was fired after a Black man accused her of telling him and his fiancé to stay in their "hood" while they were walking their dog at a Williamsburg park.

Frederick Joseph tweeted on Sunday: "At the dog park in Brooklyn with my fiancé and this white woman was threatening to call police and told us to 'stay in our hood' because she had our dog confused with another dog who had been barking loudly."

He said he then "started recording and she tried to slap the phone out my hand."

The video footage below shows Joseph, behind the camera, talking to the woman after the alleged exchange. The video does not show the woman telling Joseph to "stay" in his "hood."

Joseph is an author and fundraiser, whose book "The Black Friend" deals with racism.

In a second tweet, Joseph identified the woman as Emma Sarley, and said she was fired from her job at the software company Bevy.

Insider could not reach Sarley for comment.

Derek Andersen, the cofounder and CEO of Bevy, confirmed that an employee was fired, but did not name anybody.

"@BevyHQ has zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior of any kind. Yesterday an employee engaged in behavior contrary to our values and has been terminated. We apologize deeply to all involved," he said.

"I personally hope some type of resolution can happen between the two parties beyond this and will help if I can."

Bevy did not immediately reply to Insider's request for comment.

An August Facebook post by Bevy announced the hiring of an Emma Sarley as an Account Executive. A LinkedIn page with similar information had been deactivated as of Monday.

The video Joseph shared shows him accusing her of telling him to "stay in our hood," and her appearing to act shocked, as if Joseph was telling her to do it. "Did you just say that to me?" she asked.

At one point she is also seen holding her middle finger up to him.

The Joseph then turns to another man, and says "I'm sorry, you were right here watching this entire thing. Did she not just stand here and tell us to stay in our hood?"

The man in the video replies: "She did."

In a later video, Joseph said he had been told Bevy had fired the woman.

"While it's unfortunate that she had to lose her job, I do think that this brings up an important conversation about accountability, especially in a country where Black and brown people, marginalized people as a whole, have seen so little of it," he said.

He said: "I hope Emma learns from this. I hope other people learn from this who engage in abusive, racist and destructive behavior. Because ultimately, whether Emma lost her job or not, doesn't take away the trauma that my fiancé and I have. It doesn't take away the feeling of feeling like anything racist can happen anywhere."

Joseph did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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