White man charged with assault after he and his mom confront black Tennessee parking garage employee


A white man has been charged with assault and his mother has been fired from her high-paying banking job after they called the police on a parking attendant at their Nashville apartment complex and tried to physically assault him in a filmed altercation that has since gone viral.

Edward Brennan, 27, was served with an arrest warrant last week after he allegedly took a swing at Johnny Martinez, who was checking cars for permits at the  residential parking garage on November 27.

‘This is a secure building,’ said Bitsy Brennan, Edward’s mother.

‘So how do you think I got in here? Did I follow you in here?’ Martinez asks before Edward lunges at him, temporarily knocking his camera down.

Bitsy, who was recently listed as a wealth management associate at a UBS division, is ‘no longer employed at the firm,’ a spokesperson for the Swiss financial services company told DailyMail.com on Tuesday.

Bitsy Brennan, left, has been fired and her son Edward, right, has been served with an arrest warrant after the pair was filmed harassing a black parking lot worker in Nashville last month

Bitsy Brennan, left, has been fired and her son Edward, right, has been served with an arrest warrant after the pair was filmed harassing a black parking lot worker in Nashville last month

Edward Brennan

Edward Brennan

Edward, 27, swung at Johnny Martinez as he was inspecting cars  for permits at a garage, according to the now-viral video

Martinez, who was accused of not showing his ID when asked and of being ‘nasty,’ has since launched a GoFundMe and has raised over $1,400

Martinez told the Daily Beast that he works for a booting company that has hundreds of contracts with properties across Nashville, including River House apartments, where last month’s incident took place.

‘If they didn’t have a permit, we would immobilize the vehicle. We would put a boot on it,’ he said. 

Martinez posted a five-minute video of the altercation on YouTube the day after the incident. It is not clear whether he explained his job to the Brennans, who accused him of not living in the building and repeatedly refusing their request to show ID.

Martinez later told the Daily Beast that he had seen the pair monitoring him.

‘As I was doing my rounds…I noticed people watching me,’ he said. 

Amid rows of parked cars, Edward swung at Martinez after a 30-second exchange that was caught on video.

‘Dude, seriously? You’re attacking me, seriously?’ Martinez asked.

‘Get the f*** out of my building,’ Edward replies, later claiming that he didn’t attack or touch Martinez, despite the video footage.

The incident happened on November 27 at River House Apartments in Nashville, Tennessee

The incident happened on November 27 at River House Apartments in Nashville, Tennessee

'Excuse me? I don't care what color you are,' Bitsy Brennan said after Martinez told her to tell the dispatcher that she was calling about a black man

‘Excuse me? I don’t care what color you are,’ Bitsy Brennan said after Martinez told her to tell the dispatcher that she was calling about a black man

A UBS wealth management division says Bitsy is 'no longer employed' with the firm

A UBS wealth management division says Bitsy is ‘no longer employed’ with the firm

‘What are you doing here?’ Edward asks, to which Martinez replies, ‘None of your business.’

‘It is our business, we live here!’ Bitsy shouts. 

Martinez told the Daily Beast: ‘When he attacked me, he swung, he almost hit me in the face. He broke this bottle opener off of my keys. When I went to go pick it up, he lunged.’

He also said that his job should have been obvious based on his uniform, which included a large headlamp, knee pads and a lanyard.

After the attempted assault, Bitsy pulls her phone out of her purse and calls 911. 

‘There’s some gentleman down here and we asked him what he was doing down here and he said it was none of our business and he’s kind of been nasty toward us, so we kind of are trying to figure out why this person’s in the parking deck.

‘And he will not show us his ID. It’s a secure building.’ 

At one point, the dispatcher appears to ask Bitsy if she’s a security officer. She answers: ‘I’m not security, no. I live in this building.’

As she talks on the phone, Martinez loudly urges Bitsy to tell the dispatcher that ‘the person’s black.’

Edward, left, was served with an arrest warrant for assault on December 2, with a Nashville police spokeswoman calling Martinez's YouTube video of the incident 'self-explanatory'

Edward, left, was served with an arrest warrant for assault on December 2, with a Nashville police spokeswoman calling Martinez’s YouTube video of the incident ‘self-explanatory’

'I felt like crap,' Martinez recalled in an interview with the Daily Beast. 'I thought I was going to have a typical Karen moment'

‘I felt like crap,’ Martinez recalled in an interview with the Daily Beast. ‘I thought I was going to have a typical Karen moment’

‘Excuse me? I don’t care what color you are,’ Bitsy snaps back.

Martinez says he waited for the police to show up, but the mother and son who had called them had disappeared by the time they arrived.

On December 2, Nashville Metro Police served Edward with an arrest warrant for assault, a city spokeswoman told DailyMail.com. He will be booked later this month, with the spokeswoman calling the video ‘self-explanatory.’

‘I felt like crap,’ Martinez recalled. ‘I thought I was going to have a typical Karen moment.’ 

Until recently, Bitsy had been listed as a wealth management associate at the Keller Wealth Management Group, a division of UBS. 

Martinez has since launched a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised $1,460 out of a $10,000 goal.

‘I’m fundraising to cover any legal expenses associated with defending myself should interested parties choose to take legal action against me after being assaulted,’ he wrote in the fundraiser’s description.

‘Additionally, due to the emotional distress of the incident, I quit that job which was meant to pay for existing expenses and holiday expenditures. I would like also use the funds for medical expenditures which will arise from seeking counseling.’



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

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