The controversy over a video that surfaced on Facebook and other social media sites in March shows a masked man throwing a bag of popcorn into the air as a masked fan screams, “Nigga, nigger, n****r!” in what appears to be a reference to rapper 2Pac’s controversial 2002 hit “Puff Daddy.”
But the video appears to have been staged.
The clip, shot by the New York Post’s Chris Lister, shows a black man throwing an empty bag of candy into the street in front of a white man, and then, in the same shot, a masked figure walks up and throws a bag, apparently filled with popcorn, into the middle of the street.
The video, which was shot in New York, was quickly shared on Twitter and YouTube, sparking outrage from both sides.
The New York City Police Department said on Thursday that the incident occurred in Brooklyn, but the New Jersey State Police also confirmed that it happened in the borough.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the New Yorkers involved in the incident were charged.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he had been briefed on the incident and the matter was being investigated.
“There was no indication that the suspect acted in any way out of character or in any manner that we felt should not be investigated,” he said.
“This was a violent act that I think should be taken seriously.
There is nothing wrong with taking the candy out of the bag, or throwing it in the street, or whatever the reason is, but you have to put it out of your mind, and this should not have happened.”
The video quickly went viral on social media and has since attracted hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
New Jersey state police declined to comment.
The Post said it had obtained the video and “a New Jersey man, who claims to be the suspect in the case, told us he was ‘outraged’ by the footage.”
But it also quoted a person who claimed to have seen the video as saying the video had been staged and that the man in the mask was not in the video.
New Yorkers are known for their violent behavior, with nearly half of the people arrested in New Jersey in 2016 being black or Hispanic, according to the New Yorker.
The alleged video appears on the site of the New Times newspaper, where a post titled “The video is fake, but I still got a good laugh out of it” was published on Jan. 10.
A post by a New Yorker named Mike wrote, “the video is a fake but i still got some laughs out of this video, and that is why it is called a video.”
The post has been shared more than 6,000 times and received more than 7,000 comments.
The post was edited to remove the person who said the video was staged and replace it with an unidentified New Yorker, who says he was the person in the footage.
The caption on the post reads, “In the video, the masked man throws a small bag of ice cream, then, as the camera pans to show the person sitting next to him, the man turns around and throws the bag into the crowd.
The bag was reportedly filled with candy and left to the curb for about 15 seconds.”
In the video of the incident, which has received more attention than any other on the NewYorkPost.com website, a black person is seen throwing a soda can at the masked person, who is then seen jumping in the air and launching himself at the man.
The masked man is then hit by a soda bottle.
A woman wearing a mask can be seen running towards the masked individual.
She yells, “No!” and then throws the bottle in his face.
She continues to yell as he is punched in the face.
A white person wearing a cap and sunglasses is seen running up to the masked figure, who then turns around to throw the soda can.
Another person in a mask is seen jumping into the path of the masked woman and then hitting her with a cane.
The white person appears to throw a rock at the group.
The police have not confirmed that the video is authentic, but a police source told ABC News that “there is no evidence that the person depicted in the clip is the suspect.”
ABC News’ Eric Beech, Michael T. Cottam and John Stump contributed to this report.