'Swing Set Susan' Unloads on People in Public Park

Samantha Eley, 38, is also charged with impersonating a public servant
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2019 12:00 PM CDT
'Swing Set Susan' Unloads on People in Public Park
Samantha Eley.   (Tarrant County Corrections Center)

A Texas woman has a new nickname—"Swing Set Susan"—and a legal charge that could put her behind bars for years. This after video went viral last week of Samantha Eley, who is white, angrily threatening to have Latino teens arrested at Dream Park in Fort Worth, KLAQ reports. "It's a children's park," she says in the video that's been viewed over five million times. "Stop now." When a teen says "we are children," Eley identifies herself as "PD" and says she could "literally arrest" one of them. Dropping f-bombs, the 38-year-old orders them to leave "if you're not here to play as a child" and walks off with an emphatic, "Go, now. Get out of here." Another video shows her arguing with parents so her child can play on the equipment.

Arrested over an earlier domestic violence case, Eley was charged Wednesday with impersonating a public servant. "It has been confirmed this person is NOT a FWPD officer, but a possible local resident," Fort Worth police tweeted. "We are actively investigating this incident." Eley faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for pretending to be "PD," per the New York Times. She's also being called "Swing Set Susan," a reference to white people who have called the cops on black people as they live their daily lives. Those offenders include "Dog Park Debby," "Apartment Patty," "Golf Cart Gail," "Pool Patrol Paula," and "Cornerstore Caroline." Police say Ely, who has earlier DWI convictions, might have been intoxicated during her playground blow-ups, per the Star-Telegram. (Read more viral video stories.)

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