You knew another incident would go viral soon: this time it went down in St. Louis, Missouri, near the home of the 2014 police killing of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, which led to days of protests in the area. A White woman who was employed with a real estate company in St. Louis took it upon herself to profile and then interrogate a Black man who entered the loft building the both reside at.
D’Arreion Toles recorded the incident, in which the woman, who the New York Times identified as Hilary Brooke Mueller, told Toles she felt “uncomfortable” with him inside the building.
She also stood between him and the entrance way, and followed him all the way to his own unit–on the 4th floor.
“I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow,” he told KMOV. “I am just glad I had my camera out”.
Toles implied that, had he not been recording, Mueller may have falsely claimed he said or did something he hadn’t.
Mueller also called 911 and cops showed up at Toles’ door a half hour after the incident.
“If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”
Mueller has since been fired and the company that owns the lofts released this statement, clarifying details of the incident, including writing that while Mueller did work for the company, she did not work at the lofts where the incident took place, and that she had been off-duty at the time of the encounter:
Tribeca-STL was recently shared a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify. The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person. The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our Company. At Tribeca-STL we want all residents, guests and visitors to feel welcome, safe and respected.
Toles’ video has been viewed over 2 million times. He asked viewers to let Mueller alone and said he doesn’t harbor any ill feelings towards her.
“I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that. I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her,” said Toles.
Mueller declined interview requests from media.