A Florida man who was caught on video telling a Black teen "You don't belong in this development"and "You do not deserve to be in here" was identified as a member of Homeland Security, according to the Palm Beach Post.
60-year-old Lee Jeffers was caught on tape verbally harassing and abusing 15-year-old Breonna Nelson-Hicks and her friends in a housing development in Wellington, Florida.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that he was one of their own after being identified from his video.
According to the kids in the video, Jeffers threatened to hit them with his car if they did not leave the premises. According to a report Jeffers filed with the sheriff department, he almost hit the teens.
The teens said Jeffers pulled up behind them and almost hit them, then when they pulled to the side to allow his to go by he pulled up behind them. That was when the teens felt unsafe and decided to leave the golf cart and go home.
But Jeffers followed them in his car.
He also made a number of inappropriate comments, including that, because they were 15 years old, they "could marry" in some states.
In addition, he threatens to "call the gate" and have the kids arrested, even though the girl he was targeting lived in the development with her grandfather, Tony Nelson.
USCIS released a statement calling the video "disturbing."
According to their statement:
"We are looking into the matter that has been reported in the press about this individual's off-duty behavior."
"We are working to get all available information in considering what action, if any, may be appropriate for the agency to take."
According to The Palm Beach Post, Nelson said he continued to speak to the man after he sent the girls into his house and the video stopped. Jeffers told Nelson he lived a couple streets over.
Nelson told him:
"You threatened these kids."
Jeffers tried to defend his actions and spoke about apologizing to the teens according to Nelson, but he said his granddaughter was scared and the damage had been done.
Nelson said he told Jeffers:
"You were totally inappropriate and you scared the girls."
Jeffers reportedly approached Nelson-Hicks's grandfather again in the wake of the backlash with an apology and a request to meet in person.
Nelson said to the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
"He got my phone number and contacted me to apologize. I initially told him the damage was done and I could not accept it."
"Am I going to be forgiving him? I can't say that. I would be lying..."
"I don't want people to think they can get away with this kind of behavior if they come back later and say they're sorry."
"He's got to prove himself to the community first."
Both Jeffers job status and his forgiveness from Mr. Nelson are pending.