Woman who called 911 and stopped black man from entering his own apartment building fired after video sparks outrage
D’Arreion Toles said that the incident occurred when he was returning home to his downtown St. Louis loft and the woman refused to let him enter the building he stayed in
A white woman from Missouri, who attempted to prevent a black man from entering his apartment complex, was removed from her position by her employer on Saturday. Reports state that the woman, who has not been identified, was fired after a video of the incident went viral on social media.
The black man, identified as D’Arreion Toles, while talking to CBS affiliate KMOV 4, said that the incident occurred when he was returning home to his downtown St. Louis loft when a woman refused to let him enter the building.
Toles, in the videos uploaded on Facebook, can be seen asking the woman multiple times to "please move", however, she continues to refuse entrance to him and creates a door block with herself, saying that she is "uncomfortable". When he succeeds in entering, she follows him to the elevator and then continues following him to his front door. The woman does this despite being told that he does not want to engage with her.
Reports state that the woman's employer, Tribeca Luxury Apartments, came across the video online and found the incident "disturbing". The company also released a statement on Sunday.
"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," Tribeca Luxury Apartments said.
Toles, while talking to the television network, said that the saddest part about the incident is that it is "something that is recurring in America," while adding that he wished the woman "the best" and "would still have a conversation with her.”
Toles also said that he is not mad at the woman and would not consider a legal case against her over the incident.
"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,” he said.
Toles’ cellphone video, which captures the incident, shows the woman standing directly in front of the door, blocking him from stepping inside.
"Did this really just happen to me. It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment," said Toles reflecting on the incident.
His cellphone video shows the woman standing outside his door after he uses his key to enter his loft.
"I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow," said Toles. "I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way." The video has over 2 million views and has been shared over 70,000 times. "I appreciate all of the love and support. Like I said, don't respond negatively. Don't go after the lady. Let her be at peace. Let her live her life," added Toles.
Toles added that police showed up at his loft but left without giving anyone a citation.