Video shows racial con­fronta­tion

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Chase Dife­li­cianto­nio Chase Dife­li­cianto­nio is a San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: chase.dife­li­cianto­nio@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @Chased­ife­lice

A video of a man who ap­pears to be white re­fus­ing to let a man of color into his own San Francisco apart­ment com­plex is the lat­est racially charged in­ci­dent to oc­cur in the city in re­cent weeks.

Michael Bara­jas posted a video on In­sta­gram from in­side his car show­ing a white ve­hi­cle with Florida li­cense plates block­ing a garage en­trance to his apart­ment build­ing, which Bara­jas later iden­ti­fied as the SOMA Res­i­dences.

After the en­trance is blocked for sev­eral min­utes, an­other man ar­rives and ar­gues with the man in the white sport util­ity ve­hi­cle, who was iden­ti­fied by news re­ports as Wil­liam Beasley. The other man ap­pears to slap the SUV. Beasley then ex­its the white SUV and con­fronts the man be­fore ap­pear­ing to knock him to the ground.

“His first words to me were, ‘We’re not let­ting you in here, you f—ing crim­i­nal,’ ” Bara­jas, a UC Berke­ley alum­nus and health pro­fes­sional, said in a sep­a­rate video posted Fri­day.

Bara­jas, who told NBC Bay Area that he is Mex­i­can Amer­i­can, said in the video that he is orig­i­nally from Los An­ge­les and was raised by hard­work­ing im­mi­grant par­ents. He said he felt he was tar­geted be­cause of the way he looks and said he no longer feels safe in his own home.

Nei­ther Bara­jas nor Beasley re­sponded to at­tempts to contact them. A per­son who an­swered the phone at SOMA Res­i­dences said she was not able to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

Beasley re­port­edly worked at the tech­nol­ogy com­pany Apex sys­tems, which said on Twit­ter it had con­cluded a re­view of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an em­ployee and fired the per­son.

“We will not tol­er­ate vi­o­lent or racist be­hav­ior of any kind at Apex Sys­tems,” the com­pany said on Twit­ter.

The in­ci­dent is reminiscen­t of a con­fronta­tion in the Pa­cific Heights neigh­bor­hood this month, which saw Lisa Alexan­der, who is white, con­front Jaime Juanillo, a per­son of color, for sten­cil­ing “Black Lives Mat­ter” in chalk on the re­tain­ing wall in front of his own home.

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