When the police showed, they backed the black guy.
A black real estate investor was only trying to do his job when a white woman from the neighborhood called the cops on him for no good reason.
"Hurry up, do it and get out!" the woman seethes.
Sadly, a story of a white woman calling the cops on a black man for existing in what she considers her white space is very common in America. "But she wasn't listening to that".
'The neighbor ran outside as I was removing the board from the door of the vacant house.
"He can take all day", the officer replied to her. The neighbor then claimed she was friends with the sheriff.
He was rolling when a squad auto from the Memphis Police Department rolled up.
When officers finally arrive, Hayes explains to them what happened. Hayes said that he even showed the woman his investment contract, which showed that he had permission to work on the house, as well as the written permission he received from the homeowner.
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The officer then walks over to the woman's yard and talks to her, warning her to leave Hayes alone.
"Just go in there and do what you gotta do and hurry up".
"I don't care if you're friends with the president", an officer said. "If you try to do anything to stop him, I'm going to take you to jail".
Hayes then asks the officers to hang around for five minutes to ensure he is able to take the property pictures in peace. In a statement to Newsweek, the Memphis Police Department said the officers responded in a "professional manner" and thanked Hayes for recording the interaction. "This incident was handled as an on-scene complaint". The cops seemed sympathetic to what he was saying and asked the neighbor to just let Hayes do his job.
Despite having seen multiple pieces of evidence proving Hayes had permission to be on the property, the unidentified woman called the police anyway.
"This type of stuff is still going on", he said in the video. She called the police when she saw Hayes taking down the boards.
CNN has reached out to the woman, Tiffany Albert, and is waiting to hear back.
Hayes says he was looking at a house he had under contract to buy in the University District.
"I'm Spanish", Albert told the local news station.