In light of the fact that the original account of the incident referenced here has been removed from Facebook, I am removing it from here, as well. I am providing a quick summary of the facts for those you joining us late:
On Thursday, a Wallingford mother posted an account on Facebook describing an incident in which an employee of a local electrical / solar installation firm yelled racist slurs at her African-American son and subsequently got in a physical altercation with the young man in Wallingford. According to the account, the employee struck the young man in the face, and the young man responded by breaking the window on the van.
The police were called, and the friends who were with the young man left the scene prior to their arrival. The man has denied making racist statements.
The firm has expressed its intolerance of racism, has suspended the employee and is cooperating with the police. They have also posted a full response in the comments section of this article.
Before the firm was given a chance to respond (and before anything was posted here on Wallyhood), a number of “one star” reviews of the firm were posted to Yelp. A quick check of Yelp indicates that all of these have been removed as of this writing.
At this point, we have no reason to doubt the account given by the young man, but it is uncorroborated and has been denied by the employee of the firm.
Update: The Seattle Times has provided a more detailed summary of the story as it unfurls.