The suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.
At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.
When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.
Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.
On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.
Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.
Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.
The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."
Meanwhile, Parsham Rabiee, a Lyft driver, now can't work to save the life he took years to build.
Parsham Rabiee was attacked by two white Lyft passengers outside of Portland, Ore., who verbally and physically assaulted him, including repeated use of racial slurs and making fun of his music. But the Gresham police are claiming it wasn't a racially-biased attack.
To voters: You can make sure that white nationalists don't feel empowered to march in Charlottesville in the middle of the day.
Former President Barack Obama kicked off his campaigning for November's midterms, on Friday afternoon, and took jabs at President Trump and the spineless backbones of his Republican constituents.
Obama spared no expense rebuking the administration's actions that have emboldened racists.
Claims discrimination by employer for not firing other racists.
Stephen L. Kraft was denied unemployment benefits on Wednesday by a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel in Pennsylvania because he used the N-word so much at work that two judges saw it as willful misconduct.
This week's guilty plea to federal charges says what many knew — this was calculated.
Bobby Paul Edwards, 53, who was charged with slavery, assault and battery, false imprisonment, Fair Labor violations and discriminations against John Christopher Smith, a Black employee with intellectual disabilities at J&J Cafeteria in Myrtle Beach, S.C., plead guilty on Monday.
Victim mentality is the bedrock of Trump's base.
"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." — Donald J. Trump
He has been proven right. Trump's strategy of cultivating a sense of victimhood for lower-middle-class white people by fueling hate in other groups started (in the public consciousness) with his denying President Obama's citizenship. He's preying on a distinct group of Americans.
The future of the white middle-class, defined as white people making a middle-class living doing semiskilled or unskilled labor, is bleak. Life expectancy is declining, attributed to "drinking, drugs and suicide."
The president tapped into this despair by creating a sense of victimhood with this failing demographic. They're victims — of that Black president, of environmental regulations, of political correctness, of hordes of brown people running across the border unchecked, of Muslim "extremism." But he (Steve Bannon) did it courting neo-Nazis and white supremacists — you can see it if you look for the pattern.
All within the past month:
- Just a few days before DeVos arrived at Bethune Cookman, President Trump issued a statement that he thought federal funding for HBCUs was unconstitutional. DeVos got the reception she deserved, and white people were able to cluck and finger wag at the "savage" Black people. Read her speech — it feeds directly into the false Trump description of Black communities as being in the "worst shape ever."
- Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer's torch-lit protests against tearing down the Confederate monuments in Virginia are oddly timed with Jeff "Bull Connor" Sessions announcing that the failed war on drugs would be amped up.
- The president asked "... Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?" Neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates have historically focused on that question because the answer is that if the North had simply allowed slavery to continue in the slave states, the Civil War could have been avoided. White supremacists preach that white people should not have had to kill other white people for the benefit of Black enslaved people. David Duke made several tweets supporting Trump's comments.
Longer term, the pattern is very clear.
The president uses the term "America First," which was coined by Charles Lindbergh — American aviator and virulent Nazi supporter before WWII. The original Nazi use of "America First" origins are not known by most Americans, but every current day neo-Nazi knows it.
The president took a long time to disavow the endorsement of David Duke. What kind of person does David Duke endorse?
The president and people in his campaign retweeted neo-Nazi tweet several times.
The president did not mention Jews in his Holocaust Memorial Week statement. Hardly an oversight; his son-in-law is Jewish.
If you were waiting for more people to react critically to the absolute chaos we have been seeing, all you have to do is switch from CNN to Fox during the next crisis (that will pop up in five or 10 minutes). Trump's 35 percent support base watches a very different news than the other 65 percent. Giving up this peculiar worldview would mean giving up victimhood — it's not going to happen.