A San Francisco man was fired from his job and may need to find a new place to live after he was caught on film blocking Michael Barajas from entering the parking garage to his apartment building and demanding evidence that Barajas lives there. Because he’s Latino, has tattoos and was wearing black, Barajas believes that the white man, William Beasley, racially profiled him.
“His immediate reaction was ‘hey you f**king criminal, you’re not coming in here,'” Barajas told ABC News.
GARAGE RAGE: “It hurt.”— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) June 25, 2020
SOMA resident Michael Barajas was blocked f/entering his own parking garage by a man &woman. The man appears to be seen assaulting a bystander who vouched Michael lived in the building.
We talked to Michael and the man in the white SUV @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/VVRSLlVlQb
Video taken by Barajas shows the white SUV sitting in his way as he repeatedly calls Beasley’s actions racist. Eventually, bystanders arrive to intervene, yelling at Beasley to move. A loud bang can be heard, possibly from an individual smacking Beasley’s car with his hand or an object, and things turn violent.
“You don’t f***ing touch my car,” Beasley shouts as he walks around the SUV, then appears to run at someone off-screen.
Barajas exits his car and runs to the scene, raising his phone in time to catch a bystander on the ground after allegedly being assaulted by Beasley.
“You don’t touch my car, b****,” he says. “You have no f***ing right to come in here!”
“He lives here!” says Barajas as Beasley demands to see the key fob residents use to open the garage door. “We both live here!”
This happened in #SF. My friend’s friend. In #SOMA. The Bay Area is not special. Yt racists Karens blocking a Chicanx from entering their residence b/c they “don’t look like they belong.” Racist Yt ppl have nasty power complex and violent tendencies. Check 2nd vid for that. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Sl0WktooNx— Your Favorite Scientist From The Hood (@RichmondLyfe) June 24, 2020
According to Barajas, the whole incident lasted about 20 minutes and Beasley threatened gun violence.
“He actually threatened to shoot us if we continued to engage in conversation!”
After the video was reported on, Beasley’s employer, APEX Systems, issued a statement saying that they had fired him for his behavior, noting that they do not “tolerate violent of racist behavior.” SOMA Residences, the company that owns the apartment building, say they are investigating and also condemned “violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment.”
Barajas was happy with SOMA’s response, but was still shaken up and worries that someone less privileged than him could have been seriously harmed in that situation.
#WilliamBeasley is a racist who threatened police retaliation on #MichaelBarajas, a Hispanic man, because he didn’t believe Barajas lived in the building AND Beasley assaulted bystanders who tried to help Barajas. Thank, @ApexSystems for firing this ignorant bigot. #ByeKaren https://t.co/SNPHnGxBw4— Thomas Karr (@thomas_karr) June 26, 2020
“I’ve always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here,” he told ABC. “Had that happened to someone who is undocumented and didn’t know how to handle the situation and had been violent in return? What would’ve happened?”