ST. LOUIS — A white woman who refused to allow a black neighbor into their downtown St. Louis apartment building because he wouldn’t show her proof that he lived there has been fired.
Twenty-four-year-old D’Arreion Toles began filming as the woman repeatedly asked whether he lived in the building. After Toles finally walked past the woman, the video shows her follow him into the elevator and to the door of his unit. Police responded but didn’t cite anyone.
Although the video doesn’t show either Toles or the woman mention race, Toles says in another video that it’s “obvious” that what happened was a “race thing” and that the woman didn’t “feel like I belong there.” The woman doesn’t have a listed phone number.
Her employer, property management company Tribeca-STL, said it found the interaction “disturbing” and it won’t “stand for racism or racial profiling.” It also stressed that it doesn’t manage that property.
The woman became known as “Apartment Patty.” Thousands posted about the story on social media using the hashtag #ApartmentPatty.
This is the latest in a series of incidents involving white people calling police on black people for doing everyday activities.
Back in June, a white woman called police on a black girl for selling bottled water.
And in April, a white woman called police on a black family for setting up a grill in a city park.