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Elderly Man Charged with Hate Crime in Santa Monica Parking Lot Confrontation
By Jorge Casuso
June 11, 2018 -- An elderly man who repeatedly screamed the N-word during a confrontation with a black woman in a Santa Monica parking lot will be arraigned Wednesday for a hate crime.
It is one of three charges the City Attorney's office filed last Wednesday agaiant Fredric A. Shinerock following an investigation of the May 1 incident at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts campus.
The confrontation over a parking space was captured on video and quickly went viral ("Santa Monica City Prosecutors to Evaluate “Hate Crime” Fight Involving N-Word," May 3, 2018).
“No person should be subject to physical force or violence because of her race or ethnicity, particularly on school property,” said Terry White, Chief Deputy City Attorney for the Criminal Division.
“The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office is committed to enforcing laws that ensure equal access for all to our community colleges and other vital civic institutions.”
During the confrontation -- which lasted about a minute -- the man shouts at the woman “Go back to South L.A.” and, screaming, calls her a "nigger."
It ends with the two kicking wildly at each other before Shinerock storms back to his car in the lot.
Shinerock was charged with one count of battery on school grounds, one count of disturbing the peace on school grounds and one count of interference with the exercise of civil rights, commonly known as a "hate crime."
He faces a maximum punishment of one year in county jail, a fine of up to $5,000 and community service not to exceed 400 hours.
He will be arraigned at the Airport Courthouse Wednesday. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney Meryl Chambers.
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