Woman fired after video shows her stopping black man from entering apartment building

A Missouri woman was dismissed from her job Sunday, just days after video surfaced showing her trying to stop a black man from entering the apartment building where he lives. 

The company that fired her, Tribeca Luxury Apartments, said in a statement to KMOV4, a local CBS affiliate, that the incident was “disturbing” and that it will not stand for “racism or racial profiling at our company.” 

{mosads}“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,” the company said. “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.”

The statement stemmed from an encounter between D’Arreion Toles and the woman, Hilary Brooke Mueller, on Friday night as he tried to enter his apartment complex in St. Louis. 

The woman can be seen standing in the doorway of the apartment complex in video that Toles taped on his cellphone. She repeatedly asks Toles what unit he lives in as Toles asks her to move out of his way.

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote in a Facebook post that was accompanied by video of the interaction. It had garnered more than 5 million views as of Monday afternoon. 

“Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure … because she don’t feel that I belong, never really thought this would happen to me, but it did!”

Toles added in the post that police knocked on the door of his apartment unit about 30 minutes later because she called. 

“I was shocked this is America in 2018!” he concluded. 

Toles later said to the local CBS affiliate that he is not “mad” at the woman who confronted him and that he would be willing to have a conversation with her.


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