An Arizona man was arrested and fired from his independent contracting job after he was caught on video telling a Black Youtuber that he was in a “no n*gger zone.”
According to AZ Central, Andre Abram caught the entire incident on video. He and a friend were prepping to record a video for their podcast at Old Town in Scottsdale. Paul Ng approached the YouTuber and his friend — after taking unwarranted photos of them — and asked them why were they in the area.
Abram started to record the man on his cellphone. After a few verbal exchanges, Ng said, “I’m a racist,” and added that Abram shouldn’t be in the area because “this is a no n*gger zone.”
“I would say my first response was shock,” Abram told The Arizona Republic. “I was in disbelief that I was hearing the words that I was actually hearing. It was a moment that really boggled my mind — and it still does even to this moment.”
The video, which was posted to Abram’s social media accounts, has already garnered over 200,000 views on Instagram. In the clip, Abram mistakenly accuses Ng of being the owner of the River Trading Post store they were standing in front of. Employees of the store are now fighting to save their reputation as people have called in with threats.
Ng was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct after police received phone calls about the incident. Once officers arrived to Ng’s home, he told them that he believed Abram and his friend were suspicious because they had an expensive camera and a Michigan license plate on their vehicle. He texted local business owners photos of the two men.
Ng told authorities that he voluntarily watched the neighborhood after seeing the recent riots that have taken place. He also brought up the Black Lives Matter movement and Antifa and said things will get worse after the presidential election.
Check out the video below.