Well it seems SF “Karen” Lisa Alexander – the skincare CEO filmed scrutinizing a local man for writing “Black Lives Matter” outside his home earlier this month – has a male counterpart: this “Ken” Called William Beasley who blocked a Latino man from entering his apartment complex on Tuesday.
Surely there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of captured smartphones Karen (and Known) recent behavior. These episodes of white rights and blatant ignorance continue to fuel dialogues about racial injustices and birthright privileges, with the recent racist actions of a San Francisco man now joined in those talks.
According to SFGate, Michael Barajas, a 28-year-old healthcare professional and resident at the SOMA Residence apartment complex, was blocked from entering the building’s parking lot earlier this week after a white couple in an SUV passed him. . Titled with license plates from another state (Florida; imagine), the driver and passenger later identified on social media that William Beasley was filmed verbally attacking Barajas, accusing him of “criminal” conduct.
“Hello, damn criminal, you’re not going to come here,” says Beasley in the recorded video, stating that Barajas did not have a keychain to enter the apartment complex. “You are not going to enter the f-king garage. I called the police, so you have about five minutes to get out of here.”
Unfortunately, Barajas told Beasley that he actually had a keychain multiple times during the interaction.
As ABC7 points out, Barajas was wearing almost all black in the video, with his tattoos on his arm, which Baraja believes, perhaps, led Beasley to think was a threat. However, the confrontation lasted 20 minutes north and at one point escalated to physical violence; a bystander who hit Beasley’s white SUV and yelled at him to move was knocked to the ground.
Finally, Beasley and a passenger, after telling ABC7 News photographer James Mann that Beasley “didn’t know” that Barajas lived in the complex, abandoned the altercation and allowed Barajas to enter, although the damage had already been done. And recorded.
According to Newsweek, Allison Maxie, a SFPD spokeswoman, wrote in a statement to the store that agents were called to the apartment complex to report a battery.
“The officers met with a [the bystander thrown to the ground] who said he saw a verbal discussion among residents about the entrance to the building, “he writes.” The victim attempted to intervene and was assaulted by a suspect. The suspect left the scene before the arrival of the police. “It was later mentioned that the male victim would not press charges.
We have completed our internal review of the incident with one of our internal employees. We have made the decision to fire the employee, effective immediately. We will not tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind at Apex Systems.
– Apex Systems (@ApexSystems) June 25, 2020
APEX Systems, where Beasley worked, said in a tweet that they conducted an internal review and “made the decision to fire the employee,” adding that they will not “tolerate violent or racist behavior.”
The viral video has now garnered nearly 90k views on Instagram. Hate crimes, including verbal attacks, and others Karen and Known Notices can be reported to the SFPD’s Special Investigations Division at (415) 553-1133.
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