A white woman from Missouri is attempting to tell her side of the story after a viral video surfaced of her attempting to stop a black man from entering his own apartment. Since the video’s release, she has faced online criticism and was fired from her job over the weekend.
Hilary Muller claimed in an interview with a local FOX News affiliate that she doesn’t think she did “anything wrong” in the viral video that shows her stopping D’Arreion Toles, a 24-year old black man, from going into his home on Friday.
Toles recorded the entire video on his phone, where Mueller can be seen standing in the doorway of the apartment complex as the man enters the building. She keeps asking Toles which unit he lives in before he requests that she get out of his way. The footage, which has been viewed more than six million times already, shows the woman taking the elevator with Toles and following him all the way to his front door in the Elder Shirt Lofts, continually asking for his name.
When Toles finally was allowed to go home, he expressed his frustrations in a Facebook post, where he also included the video of the incident.
“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home…Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure…because she don’t feel that I belong, never really thought this would happen to me, but it did!”
He also added that 30 minutes later the police had come to knock on his door after they had received a call from her.
“I was shocked this is America in 2018!”
On Monday, Tribeca STL, a luxury apartment company that employs Mueller, decided to fire her after seeing the viral video. The company said in a statement:
“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees of residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company”
However, Mueller claims that she has been misunderstood and unfairly treated in the aftermath of this video’s release. She said in an interview with the local news station that she was simply following instructions given to her by the condo association board when she questioned Toles about his key.
“When I noticed an individual that I did not know here, my only thought was to follow directions I had been given by condo association board members repeatedly; and that’s to never allow access to anyone that you don’t know”
Mueller said she had told Toles that she couldn’t allow him to enter the building and asked if he had a key fob, which according to Mueller is “the only indicator any resident has that they live in the building and he wouldn’t answer me.”
She also claims that Toles attempted to force himself into the building, but didn’t include that part in the video. She then decided to follow Toles to his room and realized he had door keys to access his apartment.
Mueller says that the response from public has been quite harsh. She has received multiple hate messages and death threats. She claims that she has been unfairly judged and that she isn’t a racist. “That’s false and heartbreaking,” she says. “Those words cut deep.”
However, she firmly maintains her stance that her actions were not based on racial profiling.
“I upheld the ask of me to its fullest extent,” she insists.