UPDATE: Barrett & Stokely Inc. who currently manages, the River Crossing At Keystone Apartments has reportedly been receiving inquiries about the incident involving Shayne Holland and are sending the following message out:
Thank you for reaching out to us. We take these claims seriously and as we continue to investigate, we have placed our property manager on administrative leave. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to handle this situation in a way in which everyone felt respected and understood. We should have communicated with all residents that we would have security on site, who would be asking for proof of residency. In an effort to maintain their privacy, please understand that we will not be able to share certain information about residents. We continue to evaluate how we can better communicate our policies in the future and ask that you reach out to us if you have any questions.
While many of us were enjoying our summer bar-b-ques and lounging by the pool this past weekend, 23-year old Shayne Holland was being harassed for sitting by the pool at his own residency, the River Crossing At Keystone Apartments and he filmed the encounter on his phone and posted it on his Twitter page for all to see.
In the video below, Holland can be seen and heard arguing with two older white females, one who is an off-duty police officer and another who works for the River Crossing At Keystone Apartments. According to his caption and video clip, he was simply enjoying the pool, when he was asked to identify himself and proved that he lived there. Once he confirmed that he lived there and showed his key as proof of residency, he was continuously harassed and still asked to leave the pool area.
On Monday night, Holland called into Hot 96.3 to speak with B-Swift and share his side of the story.
According to Holland, this incident took place on Friday, when he stopped by the pool at his residency after his workout.
“It was Friday, I had just left the gym in my neighborhood and to walk to my crib from the gym there is a trail around the lake and through that lake you pass the pool… so I decide to kick it at the pool and cool off.” Holland said. “So I get to the pool and I got my key to get in, because you use the same the key to get into the athletic center as you use to get in the pool, so i get in with my key.”
Holland says 30 minutes later, he was approached by a female who was an off-duty police officer. As you can see in the video, the woman was dressed in all-black clothing, sunglasses with a badge on her hip and Holland says she approached him and proceeded to ask him “does he live here?” and “what is his address?”
He goes on to say that he told the female officer that he lived there and proceeded to show her his key to her to prove that he is a resident instead of just giving a stranger his information because the female officer did not identify herself or show him proper credentials before questioning him. In fact, he goes on to say that he asked her for more information, so that he could have her proper credentials before giving up his personal address but she did not provide any answers or credentials.
“I felt like she thought that I was asking to many questions.” Holland said in his interview with B-Swift.
“I need more information.” Holland continued later. “I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I’m just asking for you to look at it from my perspective and I don’t think anyone was looking at my from my perspective and that’s all I wanted.”
From there, Hollands says the situation further escalated, when a River Crossing At Keystone Apartments female employee came outside.
Based on the video above, the female employee seemed to know who Holland was because she can be seen and heard in the video calling him by his first name, even informing him that she has his mother’s purse in their leasing office because she accidentally left it there the day before.
However, instead of confirming Holland’s residency to the female officer, she continues to have a back and forth conversation with Holland where he is eventually asked to leave the pool area and she can be heard saying in the video that “there is a sign that says I can ask for anybody to leave at anytime,” referring to the pool area.
“I don’t feel like I was treated like a citizen… like I didn’t belong there which is crazy because I had just paid my rent that day.. and I can’t even go to the pool.” Holland told B-Swift on Monday.
Keep in mind that Holand’s rent is $1,642 a month, according to his conversation with B-Swift.
Plus Holland also shared with us that a similar situation took place again the next day when he and three of his female friends decided to visit the pool for a day of tanning and relaxation but this time he was approached by a male officer, who once again asked him to identify himself and provide proof of residence.
Since those incidents, Hollands says his name and his mother’s name have been put on the ban list for the pool.
“I still feel at the end of the day that it was racial discrimination.” Holland stated. “Nobody apologized, they didn’t even apologize for me not being able to get back in the pool…Nobody on any end [has] said sorry to me.”
We have reached out to River Crossing At Keystone Apartments for a comment and they have yet to respond or release a statement on this incident.
Listen to Holland’s full interview with B-Swift on the video player below:
This story is developing, we will keep you updated.