Memphis police drew the praise of a real estate investor after a disgruntled neighbor called the police on him, drawing public accusations of racial profiling.
The incident went down (and was posted to YouTube) earlier this month, after investor Michael Hayes had the police called on him by the neighbor adjacent to the derelict house he was tasked with sprucing up.
When MPD arrived, it became apparent that the woman -identified as Tiffany Albert- simply seemed to have an issue with Hayes, going so far as to claim she “knew the owner” and dispute every logical counter-argument to her claims.
At one point, Albert even claimed she was friends with the Sheriff.
“I don’t care if you’re friends with the president,” the officer said. “You’re going to let him do what he’s going to do. If you try to do anything to stop him, I’m going to take you to jail.”
Police had no issue with Hayes recording the incident.
“You keep the camera rolling,” said one of the officers. “If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here.”
“I’ll call you as soon as I have a problem!” Hayes responded.
Hayes told the police he was uncomfortable being there alone and the officer stuck around until he finished his work.
According to WMC Action News 5, the investor was very grateful to the Memphis Police, who went above and beyond to assist him.
“Understand what’s going on now in America with people calling the police on people for no reason,” Hayes said. “I understand that could have went completely different way. When they came out there they made me feel safe.”
Albert denied any racial prejudice, adding that she was Hispanic and that her significant other is black.
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