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New York Socialite Calls Cops On Black Woman For Sitting On A Bench In Her Own Neighborhood


Another video surfaced showing a White woman calling police on a Black person who was not in violation of anything other than sitting "comfortably" in her own neighborhood.

The incident took place in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and is being cited as another example in a growing list of White people falsely accusing non-violent people of color of crimes.

In the video that has gone viral, the White woman identified herself as Svitlana Flom.

According to the NY Daily News, Flom is a 34-year-old socialite and a co-owner of Maison Vivienne—a restaurant in the Hamptons, "inspired by the south of France."

She was filmed claiming that a Black woman was "threatening" and 'harassing" her—neither of which were evident in the footage.

The African American woman in question who filmed the encounter was Jana'e Brown—a healthcare worker who was outside to take in the nightly cheering of New York healthcare workers risking their lives during the ongoing pandemic.

That was when Flom approached her and accused her of smoking pot before calling 911 on her "multiple times."

In the footage, Flom could be heard telling the police that an "African American" was "playing the Black card."

Brown said the woman's third phone call to 911 was to report Brown for "threatening her & her children," which she wasn't.

A deeply concerned Flom told police that she wanted the footage of their encounter deleted:

"I'm shaking, I'm pregnant. This is unacceptable. I want this video to be gone."

Meanwhile, a man alleged to be Flom's husband was seen in the video walking away.

The husband's name is Gary Flom, a millionaire businessman and former president and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover Manhattan, according to Indy 100.

Brown commented on the husband who was seen casually leaving the scene.

"This pregnant mom ... her husband never even approached her to see if she's okay."

At one point, Flom asked Brown to go with her to talk to the police.

But Brown had no intentions of complying and said:

"Can you imagine that? If Bozo was a person, it would be you."

Brown told the news outlet:

"I didn't know who she was. She's just a random person, telling me I can't sit here, telling me I can't be here."

Brown said the interaction was reminiscent of the incident with Amy Cooper—the White woman who felt threatened by a Black birdwatcher who told her to put a leash on her dog in an area of Central Park that required all dogs to be leashed.

As the public outrage over racial bias in law enforcement and racial injustice prompted numerous protests across the country in the past week, Brown wondered what consequences she might suffer from this confrontation as a Black woman.

"What if the cops come and feel alarmed?"
"Why does this keep happening over and over?"
"I just don't understand it."

When the police arrived, the situation did not escalate and no arrests were made.

Brown remained at the scene to prove she was not disturbing the peace.

"That's why I stayed. Because I needed the cops to see.
She told the responding officer:
"If you want to search me, you can. Because I don't have anything."
"Some people think they're more privileged because of the color of their skin or their economic status or whatever. But that's not how I am."

Flom was called out on social media for her blatant racial bias.

With her conduct now exposed to the public, Flom expressed concern for her reputation.

"I want this nightmare to end … and for her to stop making up stories about me."
"She was harassing me, calling me all kinds of names and profiling me. She was playing me."
"Like I'm another White racist woman, a 'Karen' who came over to her and started everything."

Brown said she doesn't regret standing up to Flom but also reminded people not to "lose your cool" in similar scenarios.

"You just gotta always stand in your truth. You can't lose your cool, you can't lose character because that's what they want."
"I was the victim because I was harassed. I feel like I want to press charges,

She also said there should be consequences for Flom's behavior.

"She wanted to prove her point, I'm going to prove mine. Something has to be done, like she has to come forward and apologize publicly."

Brown added:

"I hope she learns a lesson, to treat people the same. Because we are all the same."