Michael Hayes, left foreground, with Memphis police officers.
Michael Hayes, a real estate investor, was inspecting and taking photos of a home he was interested in buying in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 5 when a white woman, now identified as Tiffany Albert, called the cops on him.
However, instead of this being a regurgitation of previous exhausted episodes around the country - where an innocent Black man or woman is needlessly accosted, sequestered and interrogated for being within their legal rights to be in a particular place - this time police arrived on the scene and told the angry White lady to cease and desist with her tomfoolery, lest she gets hauled off to jail herself. When the police showed, they backed the black guy.
Hayes then requested the officers to stay outside till he goes in the house and inspects it because he was not comfortable with the white woman around. The white woman asked Hayes what he was doing at her neighbor's property.
Hayes said she yelled at him, asking what he was doing.
Despite having seen multiple pieces of evidence proving Hayes had permission to be on the property, the unidentified woman called the police anyway.
'I very calmly explained to her that I have a contract on the house and was there to do my inspection.
He also showed her his business sign that he places in the yards of vacant properties, so people will know why he's there.
Hayes' attempts to reason with the White woman proves futile.
"I don't care if you're friends with the president", he says back to her. "I have nothing to hide". When the police arrived, the woman soon found out that her white privilege had expired and the cops were on Hayes said. She demanded several times on video-which has garnered more than a million views-for Hayes to leave. The neighbor then claimed she was friends with the sheriff.
This time a female officer who was also black slammed the white woman.
"Hurry up, do it and get out!" the woman seethes.
"He's just gonna go in there and do what he's got to do. Hurry up!" she yells at Hayes, as seen on the video.
"Hurry up, do it and get out".
"He's going to go do what he's gotta do", the officer can be heard saying loudly and forcefully. "If you try to do anything to stop him, I'm going to take you to jail".
"This is what we go through", Hayes says to the camera.
"I don't look threatening", he said. Hayes also showed him the paperwork giving him permission to be in the house and gave him his business card. I keep contracts on me. "But at the end of the day, she did not just want me in her neighborhood. I'm here to look at a house.' But at the end of the day, she just did not want me in her neighborhood".