A Scottsdale, Arizona man was fired from his job after he used a racial slur and called himself a racist while confronting two Black men on a now-viral video Friday morning.
Records show Scottsdale Police arrested Paul Ng, who is now facing disorderly conduct charges. The arrest comes after a video of the incident went viral over the weekend.
“It’s just so hard to kind of go back and replay,” says 25-year-old YouTuber Dre Abram.
Abram said he and his roommate were out recording a podcast for his YouTube page on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale when he says Ng approached them on the sidewalk outside his condo.
In the video, you can hear Ng say, “I’m a racist” and “this is a no nig*er zone.”
“It’s a numbing feeling,” said Abram. “Someone is seriously doing this to me right now? And at that point, it’s, ‘Be smart, be smart.'”
Abram posted the video on his social media channels, where it spread like wildfire over the weekend.
As of Monday evening, his post on Instagram had almost 182,000 views and it had been reposted to many other accounts.
“This isn’t OK,” Abram says. “This isn’t allowed anymore.”
12 News reported that Ng lost his job at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate Agency in Scottsdale.
The agency sent a statement that reads, in part: “On Sunday we learned of an extremely hateful and racist video that was posted to social media showing one of our inactive Independent Contractors, Paul Ng, demonstrating abhorrent, unacceptable behavior. Upon learning of this video we took immediate action in severing his license, terminating his involvement with us effective immediately and condemning his disgusting behavior.”
The agency said they also reported Ng to the Arizona Department of Real Estate and recommended his license be revoked.
“I want him prosecuted to the furthest extent,” Abram says. “I feel like this is a huge example.”