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Posted: November 01, 2018

911 calls released after video of woman's harassing rant goes viral: 'They don't belong here'

WATCH: Woman Fired After Video of Harassing Rant Goes Viral

By Stephanie Tinoco and Tina Terry

WSOCTV.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Police have charged a North Carolina woman with misuse of the 911 system after listening to the calls from the night two women said she harassed them while they waited outside their apartment.

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The initial incident happened Oct. 19, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

Two sisters, Leisa and Mary Garris, called 911 after they said a woman approached them while they were waiting for AAA to jump their car.

According to officials, Susan Westwood also called 911 and falsely claimed that people near her home were attempting to break into nearby residences. 

In the 911 calls, Westwood can be heard saying, "They are actually people that I've never seen here before, but they are African-American."

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The dispatcher told Westwood that the women were waiting for their car to be serviced after it broke down, and she responded, "Nobody breaks down their car in the best part of society."

"I'll tell you what, I'll pay $2,500 to get them out of here. Right now, I will. This is, this is, get them out of here. They're trying to cause a problem," Westwood said.

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"We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin," the sisters told WSOC-TV after the incident. "It is so upsetting to know that today we still have this overt racism going on in 2018." 

A video allegedly showing Westwood harassing the sisters went viral.

In the video, after Westwood approached the Garris sisters, you can hear her say, "This is Myers Park, SouthPark, [expletive]. Why are you up in here hanging out?" 

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The woman is then heard saying, "Hi, how are you?" 

One of the Garris sisters is heard saying, "I don't know, but you're harassing me." 

Westwood responds by saying, "Do I need to bring my concealed weapons, too? This is North Carolina, by the way." 

Westwood asks the sisters multiple times if they live at the Camden View Apartments and asks how much they pay in rent. 

"Do you live here? Why do we feel that we need to be here like hanging out? Let's call 911. I want to make sure there's nothing going on here," Westwood said. 

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The video also captured the woman citing her salary. 

"I make $125,000 a year, and I want to make sure that you're all up in here. Girl, girl, girl. I'm white. I'm girl white. I'm white." 

WSOC-TV learned Westwood worked for Charter Communications. 

An official from Charter sent a statement regarding Westwood's employment status following the published video. 

"The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter's code of conduct and clearly disregards the company's commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, Ms. Westwood's employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately." 

The Garris sisters told reporter Stephanie Tinoco that they are pursuing legal action for the threats that were made the night of the incident.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers responded to the issue and gathered information from the Garris sisters. 

CMPD said in addition to the misdemeanor warrant for her arrest, four criminal summonses were issued for Westwood, including two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault.

Police said they have tried to locate Westwood but have not been able to find her.

Anyone with information about where she might be is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600. 


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The initial incident happened Friday, Oct. 19, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

The two sisters, Leisa and Mary Garris, were waiting outside of their apartment for AAA to jump-start their car when the woman approached them. 

"We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin," the sisters said. "It is so upsetting to know that today, we still have this overt racism going on in 2018." 

After the woman approached the Garris sisters, you can hear her say, "This is Myers Park, Southpark, (expletive). Why are you up in here hanging out?" 

The same woman is then heard saying, "Hi, how are you?" 

One of the Garris sisters is heard saying, "I don't know, but you're harassing me." 

The woman responds by saying, "Do I need to bring my concealed weapons, too? This is North Carolina, by the way." 

The woman asks the sisters multiple times if they live at the Camden View Apartments and asks how much they pay rent. 

"Do you live here? Why do we feel that we need to be here like hanging out? Let's call 911. I want to make sure there's nothing going on here," the woman said. 

The video also captured the woman citing her salary. 

"I make $125,000 a year, and I want to make sure that you're all up in here. Girl, girl, girl. I'm white. I'm girl white. I'm white." 

Channel 9 learned the woman worked for Charter Communications. 

An official from Charter sent a statement regarding the woman's employment status following the published video: 

"The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter's code of conduct and clearly disregards the company's commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, (her) employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately." 

The Garris sisters told WSOCTV.com they are pursuing legal action for the threats that were made last Friday night. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers responded to the issue and gathered information from the Garris sisters. 

CMPD said four criminal summonses have been issued for the woman, including two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault. Police said the summonses have not been served at this time. 

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White woman who blocked black man from entering his St. Louis apartment fired

A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.

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In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.

In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, "You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way."

“I’m uncomfortable," the woman says in the video.

"OK, you can be uncomfortable," Toles says in the video.

In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported.

Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.

A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.

"Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment," Toles told KMOV. "I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.

Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.

“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement. 

The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.

"I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.” 

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