Julie Walrand, 35, is facing a string of charges over the April 18 incident, including offensive words and willfully threatening a person based on their perceived characteristics, KRON4 reports.
A white woman could be charged with a hate crime after she called police on a black delivery driver and shouted racial epithets at him in Berkeley, California.
Julie Walrand, 35, is facing a string of charges over the April 18 incident, including using offensive words and willfully threatening a person based on their perceived characteristics, KRON4 reports.
Walrand and her boyfriend, who has not been identified, allegedly called 911 on Amazon driver Kendall McIntosh, claiming he was speeding through the streets of North Berkeley.
When McIntosh then stopped to make a delivery, Walrand pulled up next to him in her car and allegedly launched into an abusive tirade.
The black delivery driver claims he was subjected to a series of racial slurs, including the N-word.
Kendall McIntosh claims he was subjected to a series of racial slurs, including the N-word
‘[She] instantly just started cursing me out like, first sentence I’m getting cursed at,’ McIntosh told KRON4.
‘Very derogatory language, you know I was getting constant F bombs thrown at me. I was getting 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 that on film lady!’ the neighbor can be heard stating in the clip.
McIntosh later told KVTU he was ‘scared’ during the altercation.
‘I didn’t know how it was going to run out so I thought the best thing to do was leave the situation,’ he said, saying he went on to deliver the package he had stopped for.
Police eventually arrived at the scene, where they ended up arresting Walrand.
McIntosh says he is thankful for the neighbor who caught the fight on camera.
The incident caught the attention of a neighbor, who managed to film 51 seconds of the altercation. Walrand (right, in the striped top and blue jeans) is pictured confronting McIntosh (left)
Walrand is seen in video captured by a neighbor
McIntosh later took to Twitter saying he was still able to ‘find joy in his day’
‘What constantly was running through my mind was you know it could be me in handcuffs instead of her so no matter what the situation is, just protect yourself,’ he told KRON 4.
‘If you feel like you have to videotape it or anything, definitely do that because I felt like if there wasn’t a video. It wasn’t being recorded, she probably could’ve gotten away with saying that’.
McIntosh later took to Twitter saying he was still able to ‘find joy in his day’.
Charges against Walrand have not yet been filed, and she was released from custody 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 under state and federal law,’ 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 snap taken several years ago
McIntosh says he is thankful for the neighbor who caught the fight on camera
There have been numerous reports of hate crimes taking place in Berkeley in recent months.
The incidents have shocked many, given that the city – northeast of San Francisco – has long been considered a bastion of open-minded liberalism.
Back in February, Oakland police arrested a Berkley man for allegedly posting ‘troubling statements directed towards the Asian community on social media’.
In January, a white woman was arrested in Berkley for reportedly yelled ‘hateful statements about people of Mexican descent’ at a Hispanic woman.
Meanwhile, in October of last year, a man was charged with a hate crime for tying a noose to a tree at Berkeley Marina.