California woman faces hate crime charge after police say they accused a black delivery driver of speeding and followed him, which led to a confrontation in which she used hate speech.
Berkeley Police said a 35-year-old woman, who has not been named, was arrested on April 18 after receiving a report of unrest. The woman said a delivery driver was speeding up and that she and her boyfriend decided to follow the driver, police said.
The woman “used force” to prevent the driver from leaving and “used hateful language denigrating people of color,” authorities said.
The driver, Kendall McIntosh, who is Black, told KRON4 that the woman’s boyfriend was standing behind the truck to prevent her from leaving and the woman used racist slurs on him and jumped inside of the vehicle, grabbing the steering wheel.
McIntosh said he was “grateful” that witnesses videotaped the incident.
“What was going through my mind all the time is you know it could be me handcuffed instead of her, so whatever the situation protect yourself,” McIntosh said. “If you feel like you have to film or whatever, definitely do it because I felt like there was no video. … she probably could have gotten away with saying that.
The woman was arrested for false imprisonment, assault and battery, using offensive words and threatening a person because of their perceived characteristics, police said.
Berkeley Police said the woman faced a hate crime charge because she was accused of committing “a crime against a person, group or property motivated by the actual or perceived social group. victim protected ”, according to the press release.
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