Raymond James has fired an employee after he and his wife were videotaped complaining and then calling police over a Black Lives Matter sign in San Francisco.
Robert Larkins, formerly a managing director of public finance, and his wife Lisa Alexander, CEO of LaFace Skincare, had the confrontation last week.
It was recorded by James Juanillo, who owns the home where the chalk statement was drawn, and posted via Twitter on Thursday.
“A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stenciling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here,” Juanillo said in a tweet.
A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP
— Jaimetoons (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
Early Monday, Raymond James said it “has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind.”
“After an investigation into the circumstances of a video alleging racism by one of our associates, we have concluded that the actions of he and his partner were inconsistent with our values, and the associate is no longer employed by Raymond James,” it explained on Twitter.
Larkins has been in financial services for 28 years, starting out at Citicorp. He was with Raymond James since 2012.
This development came about three weeks after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police. His death on May 25 sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S. and worldwide.
Also in late May, an employee of asset manager Franklin Templeton set off a firestorm on social media when she called the police on Christian Cooper, a black bird-watcher, while the two were in New York’s Central Park. The woman, Amy Cooper, was fired.
Alexander “decided to call men with guns because of chalk art,” Juanillo told local TV station KPIX.
The San Francisco resident, who is Filipino, has lived in his home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood for 18 years and runs a dog-walking business, according to the news report.