A man who used racial insults in a video of facing two black men was arrested and fired after he was found in the video.
The NBC affiliate KPNX reported in Phoenix that the encounter occurred on Friday, when Dre Abram and his roommate were both Black, and they were shooting a podcast for the Abram YouTube channel near Old Town Scottsdale.
In a video posted on Abram’s Instagram page, he asked a man called Paul Ng if he had a problem. “Why are you here?” Abram said.
“I just want to see if you guys are taking pictures?”
In the video, Ng said that they recently encountered problems nearby. “I don’t care,” Abram said. “You don’t know me. Why are you taking pictures of me? I don’t know you either. Did you know that many white people are doing racist things in this world, sir?”
Ng replied: “No, I am a racist… this is a non (N word) area.”
After the incident, 74-year-old Ng was arrested for disorderly conduct. He could not be reached immediately, and it is not clear whether he has a lawyer. Ng told KPNX that he shouldn’t comment and he didn’t intend to plead guilty.
According to the incident report seen by NBC News, Ms. Wu told a police officer in a police interview that he likes to monitor “suspicious people” nearby.
He said he saw Abram and his friend standing next to a car with a Michigan license plate and started taking pictures of them because he thought they were “siege of the area.”
The report stated: “Paul said it was suspicious because he said that usually only a few people were on the street in the morning.” “Paul took photos of vehicles with license plates and male subjects. Paul said that he had sent the photos to locals in the area. A business owner, and a car owner told him that he could not see the license plate of the car. Paul went back to take better pictures of the car.”
Wu told the officer that Abram didn’t like him to take a picture, and an verbal argument followed. The incident report stated that Abram told the police that he had recently moved from Michigan to Scottsdale and was shooting a video that “shows the audience the scenery of Scottsdale and Arizona.”
Abram told KPNX that he posted a video of the racist incident on his social media because such things can no longer be tolerated. He said: “It’s a numb feeling, this is not good. It is no longer allowed.”
Ng’s employer, Russ Lyon Sotheby Real Estate Agency of Scottsdale, issued a statement regarding the incident, stating that he had been fired.
The statement said: “After learning of the video, we took immediate action to cut off his license, terminate his effective participation in us, and condemned his disgusting behavior.” “Lyon Sotheby’s International Real Estate does not and will not tolerate any racism or discrimination. Period. Never. Never.”
“In addition, we are informing the Ng Arizona Real Estate Board to recommend that its license be revoked.”