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White Couple Blocks Mexican American From Entering His Own Building, Calls The Cops On Him

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White Couple Blocks Mexican American From Entering His Own Building, Calls The Cops On Him

They said he was trespassing, called him a criminal, and called the cops on him. 

Michael Barajas was just trying to park in his own garage when a white couple blocked him from entering, saying they would not let a "criminal into their complex." Then things got uglier.

Last Tuesday, Michael Barajas, a 28-year-old Mexican American UC Berkeley grad and community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, was pulling into this apartment complex in San Fransisco when the vehicle in front of him stopped abruptly and refused to move.

"Today I was not let into my complex by a white couple from Florida that said they would not let a criminal into their complex as they needed to protect it." writes Michael in the Instagram post he made about the incident where he shared a video of the ordeal. Michael says he started recording after the man in the vehicle began to get aggressive, accusing Michael of trespassing, and calling the cops, telling him that he had five minutes to clear out.

"That's fine. Call the cops. What are you even calling the cops about, Karen," Michael responds in the video.

"They thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them/other cars in the garage. They were driving in full speed, stopped poked their head out and saw a brown boy in a hat and put their car on break. They called me a criminal," he writes.

 
 
 
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PLEASE HELP ID HIM. TRIGGER WARNING: On the topic of #racism in San Francisco. Excuse my language in the video, I was a bit shaken up and my Chicano from Compton came out! Today I was not let into my complex by a white couple from Florida that said they would not let a criminal into their complex as they needed to protect it. They thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them/other cars in the garage. They were driving in full speed, stopped poked their head out and saw a brown boy in a hat and put their car on break. They called me a criminal, told me if I TRULY lived there then I should be ok going around and trying again after they went inside. I showed them my keys and garage remote and they still insisted I leave. My neighbor was out smoking and tried to intervene. As soon as they threatened to call the cops, I started recording. This video is four minutes long and I dealt with this for 4 minutes prior to this. My neighbor, who’s also white felt bad because he was not going to tolerate racism, and tried to get them to move. The man in the passenger seat came out and beat him, and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave. Security eventually arrived and the man still insisted I leave. The girlfriend tried to pay us to not call the cops and not press battery charges. Police arrived and I have filed a report along with my neighbor. I had to move parking spots as he threatened to shoot us both. This is NOT ok and this goes to show you that racism is well and alive in SF. The gf claimed that “we don’t see color”. ???????????? *Apparently his name is William and she’s Ellie

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"Given the current political climate, and certainly I'm Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home," Michael told KNTV.

When a neighbor tried to intervene, Michael writes that "The man in the passenger seat came out and beat him, and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave."

The man's girlfriend tried to pay them not to press charges, but Michael called the police and both he and his neighbor have filed reports. 

Social media has identified the couple as William "Hank" Beasley and his girlfriend Ellie. According to NBC, William has been fired from his job at Apex Systems, which said in a tweet that they will not tolerate racist or violent behavior. 

In a followup post on Instagram, Michael, who grew up in an immigrant household in Compton, says he worked extremely hard to afford his place and now, "I don't feel safe in my own home."

"This goes to show you that racism is well and alive."

And we have to fight it every chance we get.

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