'You don't belong here': Two men charged over attack on Black teen's car

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Two men were arrested following an incident where a Black teenager was confronted by a group of residents who allegedly smashed his car with a rock.

Jermaine Jones, 16, says he was visiting his friend in a gated neighbourhood in Florida, and while he admits to speeding, he does not think the actions of the two men were justifiable.

The teenager was with his friend and about to drive to another friend's house when two men made them stop the vehicle and the confrontation followed.

During the alleged attack, Mr Jones' car was dented by a traffic cone, which was hurled at his car and a rock was thrown through his backseat window, local news station WESH reported.

Fearing for his life, Mr Jones started filming the residents, who said he did not "belong" in their neighbourhood.

Jermaine Jones had a rock thrown through his car window and was confronted by a group of people. The teenager says he was racially profiled. Source: jermaine.j11
Jermaine Jones had a rock thrown through his car window and was confronted by a group of people. The teenager says he was racially profiled. Source: jermaine.j11

“I was racially profiled while driving through my friend's neighbourhood,” Mr Jones said on Instagram.

"They didn’t like the way I was driving, so they felt the need to hit my car with a cone, and throw a rock through my window.

"All I wanted to do was de-escalate until police came, because I wasn’t about to get charges pressed on me for no reason.”

In the video, the damage to Mr Jones' car is seen and the two men are heard yelling at him.

One of the two men claimed Mr Jones was "burning out, racing through my neighbourhood", while he took pictures of the teenager's number plate.

"Get out of my neighbourhood, f**kwad," another man says.

When he asked if anyone had a gun, one woman who was also filming said Mr Jones was "the one who would get a gun".

She then yelled at him saying he didn't "belong" in their neighbourhood.

Following the incident, Donald Corsi and Howard Hughes were both arrested, according to Seminole County Sheriff`s Office records.

The video of the confrontation has gone viral on social media. When he spoke with WESH, he explained his friend had yelled out about one of the neighbours having a gun, which prompted him to record it.

Speaking to Click Orlando, Mr Jones said the whole situation just didn't feel real and that he and his friend had to take off their shirts as they were covered in glass.

Jermaine Jones (right) feared for his life when the neighbours confronted him and destroyed his car. Source: WESH
Jermaine Jones (right) feared for his life when the neighbours confronted him and destroyed his car. Source: WESH

He also took full responsibility for speeding in the neighbourhood.

“I can admit when I’m wrong,” he said.

“I was speeding a little bit, but either way, I don’t think it was justified for them to throw a rock through my car rather than just call the police.”

His mother, Niko Jones, she says she was terrified and she also believes the incident was racially motivated.

“There's no doubt in my mind that had he been white, this would not have happened to him. It had to be his skin colour," she said.

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