After being accused of racially profiling a group of Black male entrepreneurs, a man identified as Tom Austin has reportedly lost his office lease while at the gym, located in an office building.
The CEO of the Ackerberg Group, Stuart Ackerberg, who owns the building stated, “I shared with him that I did not think it was handled well and there are other ways to go about this,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. Our goal is to create a safe and inviting experience for everybody.”
In an email, Austin later admitted, after losing his lease, that he didn’t handle the situation properly and should’ve minded his business. “Should have handled it differently,” he said in an e-mail. “Not my job to have done anything.”
This comes a day after the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a day after Amy Cooper called the police on a Black man and falsely accused him of threatening her.
The four officers involved lost their jobs, and Amy Cooper lost her job also, in addition to her dog.