A girl has been charged with a hate crime after she reportedly accosted a Black man working in her neighborhood in April and known as him a derogatory identify.
In keeping with a police report, Berkeley, California resident Julie Walrand, who’s white, confronted the 25-year-old man, who was delivering Amazon packages on April 18. She parked beside his van “in a fashion to forestall escape,” police wrote.
The supply man subsequently tried to drive away to deescalate the scenario, “however was unable to as a result of Walrand grabbed his steering wheel and palms.”
Police say Walrand then known as 911 and instructed authorities the motive force was “attempting to flee” earlier than screaming curses on the man, and once more, the steering wheel.
In keeping with court docket papers, Walrand cursed on the man after he acquired out of his van and yelled a derogatory time period for Black folks. Fearing for his security, he acquired again into his van and was in a position to drive away.
Whereas a portion of the incident was recorded, police haven’t launched the footage to the general public.
Berkeley Side reports the Alameda County D.A.’s workplace charged Walrand with a hate crime on Wednesday (June 16), in addition to two counts of battery and disturbing the peace by offensive language. All 4 expenses are listed as misdemeanors.
Walrand is scheduled for arraignment on July 1. She is not in police custody.