White couple confronts man for chalking ‘Black Lives Matter’ on his own property

The neighbor filmed their conversation as the couple questioned whether he actually lived there and accused him of defacing the pavement.


The CEO of a San Francisco-based cosmetics company is coming under fire after a video posted to Twitter showed her and her husband confronting a neighbor for stenciling "Black Lives Matter" on his own property in chalk.

The neighbor in question, James Juanillo, filmed their conversation as Lisa Alexander and her husband Robert Larkins questioned whether he actually lived there and accused him of defacing the pavement.

Alexander eventually called the police on Juanillo, who later said that officers recognized him as a resident of the property and left without getting out of their patrol car.

Jeff Chiu / AP Photo
James Juanillo

But after watching the video, the CEO of skincare line LaFace said she was "shocked and saddened" by her behavior.

"There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home," Alexander wrote in a statement shared by ABC7 on Sunday afternoon. "I should have minded my own business."

Juanillo also noted that he wrote the message in removable chalk.

"When did chalk art become 'defacing' property?" he tweeted. "Cause then I got some kindergarteners outside committing all kinds of crime right now that Karen can heroically bust!"

Since the video was released, Alexander appears to have deleted her Twitter account and the website for LA FACE is now inactive. Birchbox, a former distributor of the skincare line, later announced it had cut ties with her brand and would not work with it again in the future.

"We condemn the actions of Lisa Alexander," Birchbox tweeted. "We have not worked with LA FACE for several years & as a result of the CEO’s actions today have officially cut ties with them. We’ve removed their products from our website & will not be working with them in the future."

Larkins was fired from San Francisco-based financial firm Raymond James as a result of the incident.

"Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind," read a statement tweeted by the firm at 3:40 a.m. on Monday. "An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, one in which people are free to bring their whole selves to their careers, and we expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside of the workplace."

Larkins reportedly co-led the firm's national pension funding and tobacco settlement securitization teams, covering the state of California, UC Regents and California State University.

"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 with Raymond James," the statement reads.

Related video: How to know if brands are actively supporting Black Lives Matter