A white woman has been filmed calling police on a Hispanic man and his two small children because they were trying to get into her New York apartment building so they could visit his aunt.
Alfredo Sandoval was going to visit his aunt in her East Village apartment on Sunday with his children, aged 6 and 9, when he said the woman started harassing them for trying to get into the building.
Sandoval, who works in real estate, claims the unidentified woman racially profiled him and his children and refused to let them enter the building because he wouldn’t give her his aunt’s name.
In a series of videos he filmed of the encounter, the woman accused Sandoval of lying about visiting a relative in the building.
She was filmed calling 911 to report him and told the dispatcher that there had been thieves in the building before.
The woman could be heard yelling at Sandoval in one video, saying: ‘You’re lying. Who is your aunt?’
Sandoval responded: ‘My aunt lives on the second floor… she’s lived here for 60 years.’
‘She lives on the second floor? I doubt it. I know everyone in the building,’ she told him while also on the phone to 911.
‘There’s been a lot of theft in the building. There’s been thieves.’
When Sandoval accused the woman of being racist, she hit back: ‘This isn’t racist. I ask everyone who they are.
‘You know nothing because you’re pride has kept you away from life… and now you’re putting it onto your children.’
The woman refused to leave Sandoval and his children at the building and said she would wait until police arrived.
At one point during the encounter, one of Sandoval’s young children asked the woman if she was the building manager.
‘It doesn’t make a different honey. I live here,’ she said.
Sandoval then addressed his children in Spanish telling them not to speak to the woman, before she said: ‘Oh like I speak Spanish.’
‘You’re not visiting family. Your family doesn’t live here,’ she said.
‘Go ahead and put (the video) on YouTube. Your name is going to smeared all over.’
Sandoval said the police never ended up responding to the apartment.
Eventually, Sandoval and his children made their way into the building but claims the woman followed them upstairs. He said his aunt ended up not being home.
Sandoval said his children are traumatized from the ordeal and he is getting legal advice.
He later shared the videos on social media in a bid to call out racism in America.
‘I exercised patience in a situation that was not deserving. I issued tolerance in the face of evil and I gave respect when it was not offered to me or my children,’ he wrote.
‘This is not America or American. This behavior is deep seeded hatred and intolerance towards people of color and Latinos. I post this video because my children had to bear witness of this hate.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Emily Crane