SHOCKING footage shows the moment a raging white man confronts three girls – including a black teen – and tells them they “don’t belong” in his gated neighborhood.
Lee Jeffers, a US Department of Homeland Security employee who works at the Citizenship and Immigration office in West Palm Beach, is seen ranting at the group in a plush neighborhood of Wellington, Florida.
An immigration worker was caught on camera telling teenage girls they don’t ‘belong’ in his neighborhood[/caption]
The video, which one of the teens captured on her phone, shows the Jeffers yelling in the street and telling the teens: “I don’t care if you take my picture … because you don’t belong in this development.”
The black teen – 15-year-old Breonna Nelson-Hicks – lives in the neighborhood but he refused to believe her.
The video has caused widespread outrage online – as racial tension and calls for radical change to discriminatory practices continue across the US.
A USCIS spokesperson told The Sun: “USCIS holds its employees to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism regardless if they are on or off-duty.
“We are looking into the matter that has been reported in the press about this individual’s off-duty behavior.
“The video is certainly disturbing, and we are working to get all available information in considering what action, if any, may be appropriate for the agency to take.”
Lee Jeffers is filmed screaming at the three teens – and saying they don’t belong in his neighborhood[/caption]
The exchange began when Breonna and her friends were riding through the neighborhood on a golf cart, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Jeffers then began tailing the teens in his car, and eventually the two boys got nervous and took off, Breonna’s grandfather Tony Nelson told the Palm Beach Post.
The girls decided to walk to Breonna’s house, he said, and the car continued to tail them.
After that, the man got out of his car and started yelling at the teens.
After telling the teens they don’t belong, the man begins hounding them with questions, asking, “What’s your name” and “Where do you live?”
The man refused to believe that the black teen – Breonna Nelson-Hicks – lived in his neighborhood[/caption]
Even after being told Breonna lives in the neighborhood, the man continued to berate the girls.
When the teens refuse to tell the man where they live, he responds with, “Not a problem, I’m going to call the gate and have you all arrested.”
A well-meaning neighbor can be heard trying to intervene and tell the teens it’s not worth it to fight with the man about mid-way through the minute and a half-long video, but the man insists that he is upset that they were “driving illegally”.
“You’re coming at 15-year-olds,” one of the girls says.
Jeffers responds: “Because you’re 15 years old? You could marry in Mississippi or Alabama.”
The legal age for marriage in Mississippi is 21, while in Alabama it is 19.
The situation was defused when Breonna went into her house and got her grandfather, who has lived in the community for 33 years.
His family was one of the village’s first black families, according to the Palm Beach Post.
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Nelson is heard confronting Jeffers, asking: “Did you threaten a child?”
He then tells his granddaughter and her friends to go inside so he can deal with the man himself.
Both Nelson and the man in question filed police reports, according to the Palm Beach Post, but the police department determined that no crime was committed after hearing both sides.