Boy Showing Up to Black Family's Door Cracking Whip Caught on Doorbell Cam

A boy cracking a whip on the porch of a Black Texas family set off a sequence of events that landed a man in jail.

The incident occurred last week in Forney, Texas, and resulted in Bryan Thomas Brunson—the father of the boy with the whip—accidentally firing off a gun in broad daylight. The events were recorded and have since been viewed millions of times on platforms like Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Reddit.

The original video was captured on the family's Ring doorbell camera and showed the boy, who is Brunson's son, marching to a front door and pounding multiple times. He proceeds to use a long whip to "crack" the front door two more times.

He then stands still and is visibly surprised when the door opens.

"Little boy, you better get your a**...off my porch, beating on my door like this," the woman said. "I will call the police, you need to leave. Don't you ever be on my godd**n door like this. Go."

The boy leaves without ever saying a word.

Later, a Black man identified by NBC 5 as Dezerrea Nash walked up to Brunson's front door to question why his son was cracking a whip on his porch.

In the video, Nash is overheard telling Brunson, 39, that his son hit their door with a whip and then allegedly damaged one of their vehicles, according to footage recorded by a neighbor. The son allegedly scratched a car.

"I'm trying to have a civil conversation," Nash said.

"I don't know but my son told me your boy jumped him on his way home," Brunson replied from inside his home, later saying he thought both families "had beef" from previous altercations.

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A boy in Texas rang a Black family's doorbell with a whip in hand, leading to an altercation that resulted in the boy's father being charged for shooting a firearm. Both incidents were caught on camera. iStock/Getty Images

A woman, who is presumably Nash's wife and recording the conversation from the sidewalk, is overheard saying that their son is 13 years old and doesn't go to the same school as Brunson's son.

Brunson was not interested in seeing any alleged video evidence of his son damaging the vehicle.

"Get off my property, seriously, get off my property," Brunson said, "because you ain't coming over here talking nicely. You're accusing my son."

Nash and his wife again mention that they have a video of the damage being done. After Brunson tells Nash to get off his plant vine, he comes outside and both men yell expletives at one another.

"Your son came over here with a f**king whip," Nash said while walking away from the property. "Bring his a** over here again and see what the f**k happens."

Brunson can be seen holding a gun in the video. As Nash looked like he was about to confront Brunson again, the gun discharged and a scream could be heard. Nash's wife also yelled, "Oh my god."

Nash told NBC 5 that hours before he went to Brunson's house, he and his wife called the police to report the damage to their vehicle.

Kaufman County Constable of Precinct 2 Jason Kaufman told Newsweek that Brunson's son is 9 years old and too young to be arrested for any alleged damage done to the Nash's vehicle, adding that the Nash family was provided with other means of legal pursuance.

"We as law enforcement have done everything with due diligence to arrest the right person at the right time," Johnson said.

Brunson was arrested for deadly conduct for reckless discharge of a firearm. Johnson pointed out that when the firearm was discharged, Brunson's son was standing right behind him.

"We were lucky that round didn't strike that child or anyone else for that matter," he said.

Local authorities have "beefed up patrol" for both families in lieu of the events, with Johnson saying the Nash family has reportedly received some threats in the aftermath of the situation. He said that the altercation was probably not the best time for both parties to speak due to heightened emotions.

"People need to calm down and learn how to talk with each other. [I]t would be better to let things kind of calm down a little bit and handle matters another time," he added.

Nash told NBC 5 that the video was posted online for a reason.

"We want to get this out there to let people know, 'Hey this stuff is still real,'" Nash said. "You've just seen what happened in Buffalo, New York. This can escalate very quickly. So we want to avoid that and get this story out there and let them know racism is real and we feel that it was definitely racially motivated."

Newsweek reached out to the Nash family for comment.