A WHITE man has been fired after shock footage showed him appearing to block a Mexican-American man from entering his own apartment complex.
Michael Barajas, 28 alleged to ABC 7 that another driver pulled in front of him and tried to stop him from entering the parking lot of his building in California.
Video shared by the Berkeley graduate the alleged incident, as a white SUV was seen in front of him while he tried driving into the San Francisco garage.
The driver of the SUV was identified as William Beasley, ABC7 reported.
“I f***ing live here,” Barajas said in the video.
The driver ahead of Barajas refused to move his car, even though Barajas told the man that he knows the security in the building and has a fob for the building.
“You’re not coming in the f***ing garage. I called the cops,” the man driving the white SUV blocking Barajas said.
At one point, the white SUV was seen backing up, nearing Barajas’ car.
A bystander could be overheard, telling the driver of the white SUV to pull into their parking spot.
Toward the end of the video, there is a scuffle off-camera between the driver of the SUV and the bystander, who Barajas said lives in the building as well.
A person was seen on the ground and standing up after Barajas exited
“You guys are f***ing racist,” Barajas told the driver and a woman who was apparently in the car with him.
“In the political climate? In the political climate that we’re in right now…” he adds.
Following the incident, Beasley’s employer listed in his Linkedin profile confirmed they fired an employee.
“We have concluded our internal review of the incident with one of our internal employees,” Apex said in a statement.
“We have made the decision to terminate the employee, effective immediately.
“We will not tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind at Apex Systems,” the company added.
Police said that a bystander was assaulted in the incident, NBC Bay Area reported.
Cops said the suspect left before they arrived, however.
The bystander who was allegedly assaulted declined to press charges, police said.
Barajas told NBC Bay Area the incident “hit close to home.”
“Given the current political climate and certain I’m Mexican-American, and the rhetoric of us being criminals, just hit close to home,” Barajas said.
“Even if it wasn’t about racism, the level of aggression exuded by him is not OK.
He added: “It would have been a completely different situation if he asked do I live here.”
The incident came amid ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd.
Protesters across the nation have been demonstrating for weeks, as they show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and call for an end to systemic racism.
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