Julie Walrand, 35, faces a slew of charges for the April 18 incident, including offensive language and deliberate threats against a person because of their perceived characteristics, KRON4 reports.
A white woman could be charged with a hate crime after calling police on a black delivery boy and yelling racial abuse at him in Berkeley, Calif.
Julie Walrand, 35, faces a slew of charges following the April 18 incident, including using offensive words and deliberately threatening a person based on their perceived characteristics, KRON4 reports.
Walrand and his unidentified boyfriend reportedly called 911 on Amazon driver Kendall McIntosh, claiming he was driving the streets of North Berkeley.
When McIntosh next stopped to make a delivery, Walrand pulled up beside him in his car and allegedly embarked on an abusive tirade.
Black delivery driver claims he was subjected to a series of racial slurs, including the N-word
Kendall McIntosh claims she was subjected to a series of racial slurs, including the N-word
‘[She] I immediately started cursing myself as the first sentence I’m cursed against, ”McIntosh told KRON4.
“Very derogatory language, you know I was constantly getting F bombs thrown at me. I was just racially profiled from the jump. ”
The incident caught the attention of a neighbor, who managed to film 51 seconds of the altercation.
“Hey, I got this on film lady!” the neighbor can be heard saying in the clip.
McIntosh later told KVTU he was “scared” during the altercation.
“I had no idea how it was going to run out, so I thought the best thing to do was to leave the situation,” he said, claiming that he continued to deliver the package for which he had stopped.
The police finally arrived at the scene, where they ended up arresting Walrand.
McIntosh says he’s grateful for the neighbor who filmed the fight.
The incident caught the attention of a neighbor, who managed to film 51 seconds of the altercation. Walrand (right, in striped top and blue jeans) is pictured facing McIntosh (left)
Walrand is seen in a video captured by a neighbor
McIntosh then took to Twitter saying he was still able to “find joy in his day”
“What was going through my mind constantly is you know it could be me handcuffed instead of her, so whatever the situation just protect yourself,” he told KRON. 4.
“If you feel like you have to film or whatever, definitely do it because I felt like there was no video. It wasn’t recorded, she probably could have gotten away with saying that ”.
McIntosh then took to Twitter saying he was still able to “find the joy of his day.”
Charges against Walrand have yet to be filed and she was released on April 19.
The clip of the altercation was condemned by Berkeley police.
“The Berkeley Police Department recognizes and places a high priority on the rights of all individuals guaranteed by federal and state laws,” the organization said in a statement.
“The commission of a hate crime is a serious offense, which will not be tolerated in the city of Berkeley. ”
McIntosh is seen in a social media snapshot taken several years ago
McIntosh says he’s grateful for the neighbor who filmed the fight
Numerous cases of hate crimes have been reported in Berkeley in recent months.
The incidents shocked many, given that the city – northeast of San Francisco – has long been seen as a bastion of open-minded liberalism.
In February, Oakland Police arrested a man from Berkley for allegedly posting “disturbing statements to the Asian community on social media.”
In January, a white woman was arrested in Berkley for shouting “hateful statements about people of Mexican descent” at a Hispanic woman.
Meanwhile, in October last year, a man was charged with a hate crime for tying a noose to a tree in Berkeley Marina.