Woman calls police on Black man over patio permit

New Jersey woman demanded proof from homeowners that they had permission to build a stone patio in their yard. She later claimed she was assaulted and called law enforcement.


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Susan G. Schulz
Susan G. Schulz

It must be a mental disorder. Let’s call it “Karen Derangement Syndrome” or KDS for short.

Picking up a semi-automatic when a mob has broken into your property is one thing. At least you are on your own turf so there’s definitely a case that it’s not full on KDS.

But pro-actively engaging with and antagonizing others at their home is another thing entirely.

Then, when someone whips out a cellphone and starts filming, you would think a voice of commonsense would kick in: “nah, this just isn’t worth it. Walk away.”

But those suffering KDS – who are disproportionately, although not exclusively, middle-aged women of a broadly Caucasian persuasion – never do!

Certainly, a New Jersey woman may well be now ruing her own attack of KDS.

Susan G. Schulz may not garner the nationwide infamy accorded to the McCloskeys of St. Louis who last weekend confronted with their guns people who they say were armed trespassers.

Nonetheless, Schulz, of Montclair, is well on her way to being a whole lot more famous than she ever bargained for.

The upscale suburb near New York City, famous for its liberal, cultured and tolerant denizens may now be a lot more intolerant of her.

A Facebook video shows a woman, later identified as Schulz, pacing back and forth in the street and arguing with several people as she calls police on her phone. She’s asked to leave the scene multiple times but refuses.

It has happened again. White entitlement and black hate embodied in Susan who lives on Marion Road and works at the EPA, called the police to lodge a false report of assault against me when told to leave our property. Susan, aka "Permit Karen,” came onto our property three times within thirty minutes to demand to know if we had the proper permit to install a stone patio in our backyard, on the other side of the fence of her yard. When asked if a permit was required by law, she said she didn’t know, but insisted we answer her questions and submit to her demands, or she would call the police to force us to stop improving our home. (A permit is not required in Montclair for a stone patio this size. This fact was known to us through our own independent research, our contractor and later verified when building and safety arrived at our home to investigate her complaint.) When challenged about her flawed legal conclusions, assumption of right, her lack of agency over our home and our eventual demand that she leave our property immediately, Susan decided to call the police and make a false report of assault. She invoked centuries of brutality in her call to the police and sought to put her black neighbors back in their place. She believed that we were required to answer her questions and smile while doing so. But to her surprise, her efforts were met by two proudly black human beings, parents, lawyers, law professors, activist, community members, neighbors, citizens and fighters, who refused to submit. Her efforts were also met by a collection of largely white neighbors, who refused to simply go along with her racist efforts or not stand up against her attempt to invoke the racist power of the state through police. Their efforts were antiracist ideology at work. Each neighbor declared to her and the police that she summoned, that she was a lie and no such assault occurred. She left our home, rejected and unfulfilled, yet still empowered to do future harm. To her Black Lives Don’t Matter when up against her presumed inalienable rights of whiteness. She did not see the flaw in her ways or apologize for her behavior. Her type, the racist, must be rejected and ostracized like she was today by Norrinda and I, but equally important, by our white neighbors here in Montclair and our white and non-white allies worldwide.

Posted by Fareed Nassor Hayat on Monday, June 29, 2020

In a caption to the video, the poster dubs the woman “Permit Karen” and accuses her of calling police on him because he’s Black. He alleges that the incident started over a dispute about whether he had the proper permit to build a stone patio in his backyard.

According to the poster, Fareed Nassor Hayat, Schulz came to his family’s property three times in just thirty minutes to demand an answer as to whether Hayat and his wife had acquired the permit.

Hayat said that he did not need a permit for the patio and informed Schulz of this, whereupon things went south and chronic KDS kicked in.

“When challenged about her flawed legal conclusions, assumption of right, her lack of agency over our home and our eventual demand that she leave our property immediately, Susan decided to call the police and make a false report of assault,” Hayat wrote.

On Tuesday, about two dozen young people wearing face masks– many of them white – gathered on Marion Road to denounce racism. An onlooker who filmed the rally said it was “peaceful and respectful, only going back and forth on the small street.”

Montclair Police said that the incident was a dispute between neighbors and they would not be taking any further action.

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Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty
2 months ago

She needs to get online and find a boyfriend. Clearly, she has too much free time and needs to create excitement.

Alf Dulles
Alf Dulles
2 months ago

You can tell, she is going to be a big star!

Bran Turle
Bran Turle
2 months ago

Lock her up

Tyler Burden
Tyler Burden
2 months ago

Sounds a bit exaggerated! Maybe she didn’t like the color of the stone?

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