Officers defend Memphis real estate investor after woman reports him as trespasser


"So we're out here at a house now, one of where we're under contract to pick up on, and for whatever reason, the neighbor has called the police on us", Hayes said to the camera before asking the woman if the cops said when they'd be coming.

Hayes recently shared a video that captures his entire experience with the racist neighbor when he went to inspect the house he had recently invested in. The woman proceeds to yell insults at both Hayes and the officers at this point.

Hayes says he was looking at a house he had under contract to buy in the University District. I showed her my business sign that I place in the yards of vacant properties so people will no (sic) why I am there'.

Luckily for Hayes, the cops were understanding and told him that if the woman continued to bother him, she'd be arrested. Also, there's a certain element of white entitlement that comes into play when white women (or men) make bold-faced claims that someone "doesn't belong" in their space.

In a statement to The Post, the Memphis Police Department said the officers seen in the video were "examples of the vast majority" of cops throughout the department. Hayes also showed him the paperwork giving him permission to be in the house and gave him his business card.

But when police showed up, they took Hayes' side after he explained that he had permission to be there.

"If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here", a male officer told Hayes. "If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here".

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After she called the police, Hayes immediately started recording the interaction.

The officer told the woman to leave Hayes alone and that he had every right to be there.

To which the woman replies: "I'm friends with the sheriff". "Listen to me - if you try to do anything to stop him, I'm going to take you to jail".

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. "She yelled at me asked me what the f*** was I doing?" he said.

Hayes then asks the officers to hang around for five minutes to ensure he is able to take the property pictures in peace.

He then thanked the officers for helping him out and sticking up for him.

'The neighbor ran outside as I was removing the board from the door of the vacant house.