A video captured the moment an unidentified man followed a group of teens back to their Wellington, Florida, home and telling one, who is black, “You do not deserve to be in here.”
“It’s not going away,” said Tony Nelson, 62, a 33-year Wellington resident — and a member of one of the village’s first Black families — whose granddaughter was seemingly targeted in the incident, reports The Palm Beach Post. “I can’t let it die. … People aren’t understanding what’s going on.”
His granddaughter, Breonna Nelson-Hicks, 15, burst through his front door Sunday and was visibly shaken and scared, Nelson said.
She explained that a man she didn’t know had followed her and her friends home and began yelling at them.
The five teens were riding in a golf cart Sunday afternoon in the Nelsons’ Wellington neighborhood when the man began following them in his Toyota sedan, according to a police report filed that afternoon.
The teens had crossed Lake Worth Road from one development, The Isles, to Grand Isles, where the Nelsons live. The teens stopped at the guard gate, then began driving to Breonna’s house.
The Post reports:
That’s when the teens said the tailgating began. The car was too close to the golf cart, they said, and the boy driving the cart tried to pull to the side to allow the vehicle to pass them. The car stayed behind them, however, the driver glowering at the group, they said.
Frightened, the boys stopped the cart and ran. The three girls began walking the rest of the way to Breonna’s house. But the car still followed. As Breonna and her friends approached her house, the man stopped his car and began yelling, she later told her grandfather.
That’s when, like so many people being confronted in recent weeks, Breonna’s friend pulled out her cellphone and began recording. The video lasts about a minute and a half. It documents what Nelson later would say “was not about the golf cart.”
Breonna is Black. Her two friends are white. According to the video posted on social media and shared by Nelson with The Palm Beach Post, a tense verbal exchange then followed.
“I don’t care if you take my picture … because you don’t belong in this development,” the man yelled at Breonna.
“What’s your name?” the man asked Breonna.
“I’m not telling you,” the girls replied.
“I live here,” Breonna said.
“OK, where do you live?” he asked.
“Why would I tell you any of this?” one of the girls said.
“OK, I’m going to call the gate and have you all arrested,” the man said, adding to Breonna, “You do not deserve to be in here.”
“OK,” one of the girls replied. “What did we even do wrong?”
The man then turns to the woman who lives across the street from the Nelsons who had come outside after hearing the commotion.
“Seriously?” the man said to her. “I have to wait for five minutes while they’re strutting around in the road.”
That’s when Breonna suggested she go inside to get her grandfather. As she walked to her front door, the man appeared to begin to follow her.
“Yeah, bring him out right now, bring him out right now,” the man said.
The neighbor can be heard behind him speaking to the teens: “Just don’t argue, guys,” she said. “It’s not worth it.”
Watch the confrontation below: