Sandra Jametski has been charged with a hate crime after she recorded herself following a Hispanic driver, threatening to ram her vehicle into the other car, and making bigoted statements.
The Seattle woman broadcast the video with Facebook Live, ranting about “Spanish privilege” and saying “we don’t drive like that” in America.
This is my freakin’ neighborhood. This is where I grew up. I grew up here, not them. This woman don’t deserve to belong here. She don’t belong here.
The video ends with the woman exiting her vehicle and confronting the driver, identified only as a Mexican immigrant to the United States named Dolores. “On the video, Jametski blames one of Dolores’ children for causing a car accident a year earlier, though police records show Jametski was at fault for the crash,” The Seattle Times reported. She also said that she would have the woman and her family deported.
Jametski was charged with harassment and is currently being held in jail because she is unable to post her $500,000 bond. The amount is “unusually high.” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mike Hogan said the bond is warranted because of her past criminal record and because her rant “represented an attack on the entire Latino community.”
Many criminal justice advocates, including those affiliated with Black Lives Matter, have called for an end to the bond system, including a lawsuit that argues it violates the 14th Amendment because bail only matters to those who can’t afford to pay it.
Jametski has pleaded not guilty, with her defense arguing that she should face only a misdemeanor harassment charge because her anti-immigrant comments are not in “a protected category under state law.”
A key distinction here, is that if this video had not been posted on social media, it’s likely the crime would have been reported let alone be prosecuted as a hate crime.
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