Fake News: White Woman Did NOT Call Cops On Innocent Man Selling Crack Cocaine Outside Her Apartment

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: White Woman Did NOT Call Cops On Innocent Man Selling Crack Cocaine Outside Her Apartment

Did a Chicago woman named Alisha Watson call the cops on a black man for selling crack cocaine outside of her appartment and did people accuse her of racism because of it? And was she actually an unhappy customer of the drug dealer? No, all of that is not true, it was made up by a satirical website poking fun at recent cases of angry white women calling the cops on black people having a BBQ at a public park or selling bottled water.

The story originated from an article published by Huzlers on July 1, 2018 titled "White Woman Calls Cops On Innocent Man Selling Crack Cocaine Outside Her Apartment" (archived here) which opened:

CHICAGO - A white woman who called police on a 28-year old black man for selling crack cocaine in Chicago said she has received an onslaught of gunfire and death threats since a video of the confrontation went viral, adding that her actions were never racially motivated but that she just wanted the drug dealer to move to another location.

She also said the drug dealer was selling extremely cut crack cocaine and was not a satisfied customer.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

White Woman Calls Cops On Innocent Man Selling Crack Cocaine Outside Her Apartment

CHICAGO - A white woman who who called police on a 28-year old black man for selling crack cocaine in Chicago said she has received an onslaught of gunfire and death threats since a video of the confrontation went viral, adding that her actions were never...

Some examples of the types of stories this article is lampooning include:

Video seems to be white woman calling cop on 8 year old selling water.

Incident apparently ocurred on Saturday near a Giants game in San Francisco Twitter user 'Raj' posted a video of the woman pacing and talking on the phone Raj calls the woman #PermitPatty, and Twitter jumped on the hashtag She says on camera 'illegally selling water without a permit' and walks

and

White Woman Calls Police On Black Family BBQing In Park

A white woman has been caught on video calling the police on a black family enjoying a barbecue at a park in Oakland, California. The woman in the video justified the call by saying the family weren't allowed to have the barbecue because they were using charcoal, which she claimed was prohibited by law.

Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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