He seemed unfazed when the teenagers were recording him. "I don't care if you take my picture... because you don't belong in this development," he said.
Another video of a Black person being harassed by a man reeking of white privilege goes viral. In the video, the man is following three teens, one of whom is Black, threatening to have them arrested. The incident took place in a Wellington, Florida, neighborhood on Sunday comes amid tense anti-racist protests all across the country following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and many others at the hands of police. In the confrontation captured by the youngsters, 60-year-old Lee Jeffers can be heard shouting "You don't belong in this development" at 15-year-old Breonna Nelson-Hicks and her friends.
We aren't worried about undocumented folks as much as we worry about the home grown racists right here in America like #LeeJeffers working on the taxpayers dime but rotten to the core. We have not forgotten this stomach turning video his racism and inappropriate comments. pic.twitter.com/x7FR4vZ9ym— mr.persnickety (@justpersnickety) June 22, 2020
He only stops his tirade when Breonna's grandfather, Tony Nelson—a Wellington resident since 1987—confronts him for threatening to have his Black, teenage granddaughter arrested. Speaking to The Palm Beach Post, Nelson revealed his granddaughter was scared when she walked in through their front door on Sunday. She told her grandfather that a man she didn't know had followed her and her friend all the way to their home and he kept yelling at them. According to Nelson and a police report filed that afternoon, Breonna and four of her friends were riding in a golf cart in the afternoon in the neighborhood when the man began to follow them in his car.
Unidentified until he's identified. Who is this creep? Talking about 15 year olds getting married and threatening to hit kids with his car. Throw him under the jail— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) June 18, 2020
Even when the boy driving the cart tried to pull to the side to allow the vehicle to pass them, the car stayed behind them with the driver glowering at them all the way. Since something seemed off, the girls got out of the cart, frightened, and the boys sped off, Nelson revealed. The girls began walking the rest of the way to Breonna's house and as they approached the residence, the man stopped his car and began yelling at them. The girls had seen enough racist comments being made in the past, and so they began filming the man. Shockingly the man goes on to say that his problem was "not about the golf cart." The video, about a minute and a half long, shows how Jeffers keeps talking while looking into the camera.
Anybody else find it odd that he had that information about marriage off the top of his head like that...— BlackPanthro (@damon77049) June 18, 2020
Who knows that info enough to recite it at the drop of a dime in a argument 🤷🏿♂️
It's clear that he's unfazed by the girls recording him because he yells, "I don't care if you take my picture... because you don't belong in this development." He then demands to know the girls' names and addresses, which they refused to answer. "Why would we tell you any of this?" one of the girls responds. "Okay, not a problem, I'm gonna call the gate [security] and have you all arrested. You do not deserve to be in here," Jeffers replies at which point Breonna goes to get her grandfather for help. Her friends, who are white, are then heard telling Jeffers he's "coming at" 15-year-old girls. "So you’re going to hit us with a car?" one of the teens asks. "Because you’re 15 years old? You could marry in Mississippi or Alabama," Jeffers responds.
Note the man complained that the girls were "strutting around in the road." This is a sexualized view of them that is also revealed in mention of antiquated marriage laws elsewhere. This is flat out misogyny, not just screaming racism.— Free: BLM 🥀😷🌈 (@freewimin) June 18, 2020
At this point, Breonna's grandfather, Nelson, comes out of his house and he finds Jeffers. He points at him and yells, "Don’t stick your hand out! Did you threaten a child?" Jeffers quickly lowers his hand and begins to back away, as he denied that he'd threatened to have the girls arrested. Nelson then tells the teenage girls to go inside the house, and at that point, the video ends. He later revealed that the man tried to defend his actions and spoke about apologizing to the teens. "You were totally inappropriate and you scared the girls," the 62-year-old told Jeffers. Once the video went viral on social media, documentary filmmaker Billy Corben disclosed Jeffers’ name on social media.
This, in #Wellington Florida, where the Mayor of Wellington said "protesting something that happened very far from here is not going to help at this time". @AnneGerwig I hope you can see this video and understand the problem is very much alive in Wellington, always has been.— Be.the.Change (@Bethedifferen12) June 18, 2020
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, his LinkedIn profile states he is an Immigration Services Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. A U.S. Customs and Immigration Services spokeswoman addressed the incident in an email stating that the encounter between Jeffers and the teens was under review. "USCIS holds its employees to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism regardless if they are on or off-duty," the email stated. "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," said the agency spokeswoman. Nelson, chief operating officer at Premier Family Health medical offices in Wellington, revealed that Jeffers reached out to him after the video went viral. "He got my phone number and contacted me to apologize," he said. "I initially told him the damage was done and I could not accept it." Jeffers tried to explain personal details that wouldn't excuse his behavior but could shed light on it, said Nelson, revealing that he agreed to meet with him.
Earlier tonight, Lee Jeffers apologized to Breonna Nelson-Hicks, Madison Charette and their families. Jeffers is the man seen in a viral video yelling at three teens in Wellington https://t.co/k51KX1Kzfu— Kristina Webb (@KristinaWebb) June 25, 2020
"Am I going to be forgiving him? I can’t say that. I would be lying," he said. "I don’t want people to think they can get away with this kind of behavior if they come back later and say they’re sorry. He’s got to prove himself to the community first." He said neither he nor any of his closest neighbors had ever seen Jeffers, who lives one-fifth of a mile from him, before the incident although Nelson has lived in the gated community of Grand Isles since 2017. He explained that meeting with Jeffers was important for him to do as a Christian and as a member of a prison ministry. "I look murderers in the eye and offer them forgiveness," he said. "How can I not at least listen to the man? I cannot forgive his behavior, though."
I lived in Wellington and my parents were there for years, I’d bet real money he isn’t even from there. Probably a retiree from up north is my guess. The black teen’s grandpa has lived there for over 30 years according to the PB Post.— Call me Shauna (@TimeBurglar) June 18, 2020