White Woman Calls Police on Black Real Estate Investor Inspecting House

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On Tuesday, the black real estate investor Michael Hayes was doing his job, inspecting a house in Memphis when a white neighbor, Tiffany Albert, demanded to know why he was outside. Checking out of an Airbnb.

A white woman who called the cops on a black real estate investor inspecting a home he was interested in buying now claims she is not racist.

He was pulling a board off the boarded-up home's front down when a woman next door came outside.

Hayes said the woman then insulted him and the police officers, saying they weren't doing their jobs. He pointed to the sign he had placed in the front yard.

Hayes said she continued to yell at him and told him to get out of her neighborhood because he had no right to be there. "But she wasn't listening to that".

She said he had no right to be in her neighborhood and should leave, Hayes said.

Hayes said she then called the police, so he waited for them to arrive.

Hayes films as he waits by his vehicle for cops to arrive.

He was rolling when a squad vehicle from the Memphis Police Department rolled up. In a statement to Newsweek, the Memphis Police Department said the officers responded in a "professional manner" and thanked Hayes for recording the interaction. The officers then scolded the woman for her false alarm and even told Hayes to call them back if the neighbor gave him any problems.

Hayes then asks the officers to stick around for a few more minutes just in case any problems arise with the angry neighbor while he finishes inspecting the house.

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"He's just gonna go in there and do what he's got to do".

"You keep the camera rolling", said one of the officers.

'Just go in there and do what you gotta do and hurry up.

A police report on the confrontation was not filed because "no criminal act was committed", Lt. Karen Rudolph of the Memphis Police Department told CNN in a statement.

At the end of the video, Hayes praised the officers for staying back with him at his request. He also alluded that the woman called the police on him simply because of his race.

"You know why the lady called the police on me", he said in the video.

Newsweek has reached out to Hayes for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

The way she interacted with Hayes and assumed him to be a threat reflects not only upon her personal racism, but the ways black people, and people of color are pathologized by the white gaze.

"I don't look threatening", he said.



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