A white man in Dorchester, Massachussetts will now face a hate crime investigation after a violent, racist tirade he made towards a Black woman and her male companion, went viral over the weekend.
Detectives assigned to the Boston police’s civil rights unit are gathering information to determine whether “additional charges are appropriate and are attempting to make contact with victims involved in this matter,” according to a statement from the department.
In the video, Paul Sheehan, 54, can be seen hurling slurs and insults to the couple who were off camera. The motorcyclists stopped to find directions in a Dorchester neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. on Friday evening just a few feet away from a crash site.
Facebook user NeNe Judge’Mayo posted the video to her page with the following caption:
“All I did was pull over my motorcycle to park and this man went crazy asking me why am I in his neighborhood 🤦🏾♀️ he was even more mad I was on a motorcycle 🤷🏽♀️ I think I had a case of racist profiling,” she wrote.
“I’m not brining this f—— s— into my neighborhood!” Sheehan, who was also intoxicated, can be heard saying in the opening moments of the video.
“You don’t know me!” the woman answers.
He continues to forcefully challenge the woman, inquiring her on whether or not she lives in the neighborhood. His threats at one point become physical. Sheehan then walks out of frame while the woman yells towards an officer who was attending to the crash site on the opposite end of the street.
Near the end of the video the officer walks over to restrain Sheehan. Sheehan begins to walk away but then again advances towards the couple. The officer intervenes, telling Sheehan he was “out control” and to “go home.”
The video has over 780,00 views and 20,000 shares.
An hour and a half after the incident Sheehan again left his home to pace the street while he repeatedly yelled the n-word and vandalized a traffic sign. He was then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He faces another court date on October 15.
According to the Boston Globe, Sheehan is currently employed by Keolis Commuter Services, the operator of the MBTA’s commuter rail system.
His employer released the following statement to the Globe in regards to Sheehan’s arrest:
“We have absolutely no tolerance for this type of reprehensible conduct or language in or outside the workplace. The matter is under investigation, and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”