Caught on camera: Teens knock on door, use racial slur in north Phoenix

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 01:54:35-04

It’s one of the worst slurs anyone could use. It’s a doorbell camera that catches two teens using it in a north Phoenix community. 

Meloniece Gaskin says those two boys approached her home near Tramonto Park on Saturday after they lost a ball in her backyard.

While waiting for Gaskin to answer the door, you can hear one of the teens dare the other to “say thank you n***** and run!"

Gaskin was horrified when she listened to it for the first time.

"Who do you go to when this stuff is happening? When kids are kicking at your door? You know turning off your power or even coming to the point of calling you a n*****,” said Gaskin.

Gaskin claims it’s just the latest in several “events” that have taken place since she’s moved in back in March. She bought the cameras after teens turned off her home’s circuit breaker disconnecting electricity to the house. Then someone left footprints on her door after knocking late at night.

"I really look at the parents. that's what I focus on," she said. "Do they really use that word in their home?" 

Meloniece called the police after the boys visited. However, no crime was committed. She told us she doesn’t know who the boys are but she hopes they come forward to apologize.

"I would tell them I would want them to do some research of the history behind that word, I really would," she said. "It's not acceptable but I hold the parents responsible for that."

Gaskin doesn’t think it’s the same boys from the video who committed the other pranks at her home. However, she does think race is a factor in each instance.