Man facing backlash for repeatedly calling police on black women at pool blames his autism: 'I don't see race'

Paulina Cachero

A man facing backlash online for repeatedly calling police on black women at his apartment complex’s pool claims his actions were driven by his autism — and not racism.

“I’m autistic and lack a gauge that goes anywhere but 0 and 100,” Nick Starr-Street wrote on Facebook. “When I see a lease violation, I call it out and do everything in my power to make sure it is resolved, no matter who is the person violating.”

Starr-Street reportedly called police on two separate groups of black women at The Edition Apartments in Hyattsville, Md., for having glassware by the pool — a lease violation, according to Street-Starr.

In the first incident tweeted about on June 22, Felecia Soso claims her friends were hanging out at the pool when a man, later identified as Starr-Street, made a complaint about their glassware and music. He allegedly yelled at her friend and later recorded her friend on camera admitting that she had glassware.

Although a video shows that her friend agreed to get rid of the glassware, adding, "What else do I need to do for you to be comfortable?" Starr-Street immediately stopped the recording to show the video to the leasing office.

When the leasing office took no action, Starr-Street then reported the women to the Hyattsville Police Department. They sent two officers to the scene and later left after speaking with Soso and her friends, who shared their side of the story.

“I see this stuff online but having this happen in person like BLATANT racism for NO reason at ALLLLLLLLL,” Soso wrote on Twitter. “I’ve honestly seen SO MANY TYPES of racism...but we weren’t doing ANYTHING BUT EXISTING.”

In the second incident tweeted on June 23, a woman named Gaëlle Claude posted a video of Starr-Street allegedly “stalking” her and her friend while they were walking away from the apartment for “near a mile.” In the video, Starr-Street goes on to accuse Claude and her friend of being racist while on the phone with local police.

However, according to Starr-Street’s accounts, he was simply following the pair after they had allegedly attacked him.

“I called 911 and chased after my attackers as I wasn’t going to let someone get away with physically assaulting me, again the autism thing where my sense of justice and right and wrong go right to 100 percent,” Starr-Street writes on his Facebook.

According to his version of events detailed on Facebook, he approached the women with his phone to document they were breaking pool area rules with their glassware.

“Without a single word being uttered I was punched by a woman at the pool. She left a now purple bruise on my chest, and my phone went out of my hands,” Starr-Street recalled. He later posted a video on YouTube of the encounter. Starr-Street says that when he and his husband called 911, the group of women fled the pool.

According to local station WUAS9, “he was only following the women because they were trying to leave before police could arrive.”

Two different women documented their accounts of what took place on Twitter, claiming his actions were racially motivated, and receiving thousands of likes and comments. But Starr-Street tells a different story on his Facebook and to local news station WUSA9.

In an interview, he told WUSA9 explains that his behavior in the incidents can be attributed to his autism, insisting that "I don't see race,” gender or color.

"I'm autistic. I just see right and wrong," Starr-Street said, insisting he never made any racial slurs towards the women. "I think because of the way that my mind works, I don't always click with other people," Starr-Street told WUSA9. "I don't understand when people get upset over the things that I say or do. To me, that’s just how I feel."

“It is a sad day that people choose to jump to a ‘card’ to further their cause when they know deep down they are simply lying,” Starr-Street wrote on Facebook, also adding that he doesn’t consider himself a part of the LGBTQ community — and even lists “anti-LGBTQ” on his Instagram description — despite being happily married to a man.

However, Starr-Street reportedly has a history of expressing contentious anti-LGBTQ and racially-charged sentiments on social media.

Following the deadly 2016 Pulse Night Club mass shooting, Starr-Street received vicious backlash for making an insensitive comment on Twitter to a drag queen just days after the incident. The tweet read, "Seriously @RoxxxyAndrews? Isn't she a has-been not a star? Where her people at? I thought they were all shot."

His Twitter account was later suspended.

After the tweets of both Claude and Soso went viral, Starr-Street says he has become the victim, receiving death threats, and the front door of his home has been vandalized, WUSA9 reported. However, people online seem to have little sympathy for Street-Star despite living with autism spectrum disorder.

Tariq Nasheed, an American film producer who says in his Twitter profile that he “bait[s] racists & expose[s] them,” tweeted a portrait of Starr-Street and screenshots of his Instagram account after the viral incidents. Nasheed called Starr-Street a “suspected white supremacist” and “VERY dangerous.”

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