A video posted on YouTube earlier this month shows a black real estate investor in Memphis, Tennessee dealing with local police officers after a neighbor called them on him while he was trying to fix up the next-door house.
As real estate investor Michael Hayes writes, he went to the house, which is in a dilapidated condition, to inspect it. The woman came out of the house and asked him what he was doing. At this point, he showed her the investment contract that he had giving him permission to work on the house, as well as written permission that he received from the house’s owner to be on the property.
However, this didn’t seem to satisfy the woman’s suspicions about him, and she ended up calling the police.
When the police arrived on the scene, Hayes calmly explained the situation to the officers, who were sympathetic to what he was saying. They then asked the woman in the neighboring house to let him do his job.
The woman tells the officers that he can do his job — but then she glares at him and tells him, “Hurry up, do it, and get out!”
The officers inform the woman that he doesn’t have to hurry up on her commands and can take all day to inspect the home if he wants.
Toward the end of the video, Hayes praises the cops for the way they handled the situation.
“They could tell the lady was crazy,” he said.
Watch the video below.
New York’s legislature gives landlords a lesson in democracy
The knockout punch that the New York State Legislature just landed fighting landlords over spiraling rents ought to be attracting wider attention.
Just as with healthcare access or prescription drug prices, the cost of rent increases that mostly benefit big apartment owners is a challenge to the income-gap society that are at the heart of the national political debate. Every urban center in the country is having housing problems, and rents, like mortgages, are a subject at every kitchen table.
For once, the New York Legislature, whose Democrats overcame internecine divisions this session, has abolished rules that let building owners deregulate apartments, and closed loopholes that have permitted landlords to raise rents. And the changes for better tenant protection were made permanent, eliminating the recurring drama over these issues.
Trump’s EPA wants minimal limits on poison in drinking water
The Trump EPA calculated recommended limits of a dangerous chemical sometimes found in drinking water that can harm babies’ brain development that were more than 9 times higher than those imposed by a few states by fudging a key number in the calculation.
The Trump recommended a limit for perchlorate, which can harm infant brain development, of 56 micrograms per liter, far above the limit of 6 that California imposed and 2 that Massachusetts set, more than a decade ago.
MSNBC’s Mika scorches Trump over sex assault denials: ‘What type of woman would you rape?’
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski revealed the horrific meaning behind President Donald Trump's defense against new rape claims.
Author and columnist E. Jean Carroll has accused the president of raping her more than 20 years ago after a chance meeting at a Manhattan department store, but Trump insists he couldn't have assaulted her because she's not his "type."
"We're talking about sexual assault, talking about actual rape and the president said that she's not his type," the "Morning Joe" co-host said. "So I guess the follow-up question is, since you have a type when it comes to rape, what's your type, Donald Trump, and is it any of the other women who claimed that you raped them?"