- Facebook/D’Arreion Toles
- D’Arreion Toles filmed a woman blocking him from entering his apartment building in St. Louis on Friday.
- Toles said police arrived at his front door half an hour later but left without giving anyone a citation.
- The woman who blocked Toles was fired from her job at Tribeca-STL, another apartment building in St. Louis, after video of the incident went viral.
A white woman in Missouri was fired from her job after she was filmed trying to prevent a black man from entering his apartment building.
D’Arreion Toles told KMOV 4 that he was returning to his apartment in downtown St. Louis when the woman, who also lives in the building but has not been publicly named, blocked him from passing her.
In a video of the incident, which Toles uploaded to Facebook on Friday, Toles is heard asking the woman to “please move” multiple times while showing her his key fob.
The woman refuses, telling Toles that she is “uncomfortable.” She then follows him into an elevator and all the way to his front door.
Toles said police arrived at his front door half an hour later, but left without giving anyone a citation.
“I was kind of blown away, shocked, and, like, wow,” Toles told KMOV 4. “I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”
The woman who blocked Toles was fired from her job at Tribeca-STL, another apartment building in St. Louis, after the video of the incident went viral.
The company said that while the incident took place in the woman’s personal residence, it wanted all of its own residents, guests, and visitors to feel “welcome, safe and respected.”
A statement on the company’s website said: “The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person.
“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company.”
Toles said it’s sad that what happened to him is “something that is recurring in America.”
He said is not mad at the woman and would still have a conversation with her.