Woman Threatens Black Family With Taser For ‘Acting Like Black People’ In Their ‘White Neighborhood’


A White woman threatened a Black family with a taser outside their home in Discovery Bay, California.

The dispute between Gerritt Jones and a woman  – who was later identified by KGO as Adana Dean – began after she accused the family’s pit bull of assaulting her dog.

Jones’s sister Jariell was outraged by the altercation and took her frustration over to Twitter.

She wrote:

“I am TIRED of living this way. I am TIRED of passive aggressiveness. I am TIRED of the fake smiles.”

“I am TIRED that I don’t feel safe in a house that I’ve lived in for 10+ years cause of the color of my skin.”

The accompanying surveillance footage showed Jones attempting to rationalize with Dean, who told him:

“You know what, you’re a Black person living in a white neighborhood and you’re acting like one.”

“Why don’t you act like a white person in a white neighborhood?”

The clip began with Dean – who was holding her dog – ranting before threatening to call the police.

“We were raised around Black people and most of them were very nice.”

Jones responded:

“Everything is on camera. I’ll be happy to show them.”

She fired back:

“Why are you so nasty?”

She continued to explain she was from Oklahoma “where there were tons of Black people.”

At one point, Jariell stepped outside and confronted Dean and asked why she was yelling and holding a taser.

Dean repeatedly claimed that their pit bull attacked her dog, despite Jones insisting their pet is never off-leash when outside.

With the argument showing no sign of resolve, Dean told the siblings:

“You guys are acting like Black people and you shouldn’t. You should act like white people.”

“Most people don’t act like you do.”

Jones reminded her:

“You came over here with a Taser.”

Jariell later explained why the clips were posted on social media.

“This woman charged after me and my brother multiple times with a taser, got in our face, yelled racial slurs at us SO YOU GOD DAMN RIGHT IM GONNA MAKE HER FEEL THIS SH*T.” 

“Can’t even feel comfortable in my own damn house. White a** amerikkka.”

Jones – who is a 12-year resident of the neighborhood – said of the incident:

“Unfortunately that’s the reality of being Black in America.”

He also admitted to never having problems with Dean, who lives across the street.

In response to her statement of the family not acting like “people who aren’t normal,” Jones told the news outlet:

“Normal to her is people who will lay down and submit to unfortunately her white privilege and white supremacy.”

You can watch the ABC 7 news report here.

The clips elicited sympathy on Twitter.

Some implied Dean exhibited mental illness as the reason that caused her to unravel.

An earlier clip from Monday revealed the neighbor was civil with Jones’s 13-year-old son Zayire while he was walking the family’s dog, “Dice.”

She was even seen in the video petting the pit bull.

But others found Dean’s behavior inexcusable.

Jones said that maintaining calm was crucial in the situation.

“She had a stun gun and if my sister or any of them got physical with her the story would’ve been here this Black family is assaulting just white lady in the streets.”

He is hoping the incident will be a teachable lesson for all families and Black Americans.

“I want my son to grow up and be proud of who he is. I hope that people all over the country learn from this see that this can’t be tolerated.”

In the aftermath of the racially-motivated encounter, Zayire proudly shared the family’s new slogan as residents of Discovery Bay.

“We’re going to act Black in our white neighborhood.”

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1