Two police officers in Tennessee backed up a black real estate investor after a white neighbor called cops on him - the latest example of racial profiling incidents across the country. Checking out of an Airbnb.
"The police, they were on my side", he added.
Michael Hayes, who uploaded the incident on YouTube on May 5, said in the video he was there that day to take photos of a house he has a contract on. Still, she was unmoved and called police, Hayes said. He wrote that's when the white neighbor came out of her home and asked "what the f-k" he was doing there.
Albert told Action News 5 that Hayes made it sound like she called the cops on him because of his race, but she insisted she is not racist. "But she wasn't listening to that".
Luckily for Hayes, the police shut down the neighbor real quick.
At one point in the video, Hayes pointed out to the officers that he was recording the encounter on his phone.
He was rolling when a squad vehicle from the Memphis Police Department rolled up.
Rather than believing Hayes' work, and his qualifications to be there, Albert escalated the situation by calling the police on him. She said the owner didn't want anyone in his house, even after Hayes showed her a written statement allowing him to enter the house.
The officer told the woman to leave Hayes alone and that he had every right to be there.
"Just go in there and do what you gotta do and hurry up".
"You keep the camera rolling". "You're going to let him do what he's going to do".
Hayes then asks the officers to hang around for five minutes to ensure he is able to take the property pictures in peace.
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 thanks the officers for having his back. "She calls the police on me so I wait for them".
CNN has reached out to the woman, Tiffany Albert, and is waiting to hear back.
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.
And she says she's not racist - she's Spanish and her boyfriend is black.
He said a neighbor ran outside while he was removing the board from the door of the vacant house.
"He can take all day", the male officer agrees.