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Santa Monica City Prosecutors to Evaluate “Hate Crime” Fight Involving N-Word
By Niki Cervantes
May 3, 2018 -- Santa Monica City prosecutors will evaluate a confrontation caught on video Tuesday of an elderly white man screaming the N-word repeatedly at a black woman because she took two spaces for her car in a Santa Monica College parking lot.
In the video -- which quickly went viral -- the man shouts at the woman “Go back to South L.A.” and, screaming, calls her a "nigger."
The confrontation, which lasts about a minute, escalates quickly, as he approaches the woman from his car, hurling insults and racial slurs and she cusses back at him.
It ends with the two kicking wildly at each other before the man, identified as Frederic Allan Shinerock, storms back to his car in the lot.
The video was taken by Enrique Conde, a SMC student, who posted and tweeted it.
“In addition to the slurs, the man was yelling ‘Go back to South LA’ “and that the lady ‘didn’t belong here.’ Crazy.”
Santa Monica College police arrived about a minute after being alerted to the altercation, which occurred at about 6:35 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center parking lot.
Shinerock was cited and released immediately after his arrest Tuesday, said SMC Police Chief Johnnie Adams.
Shinerock is due in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 13.
He is accused of misdemeanor battery and of committing a hate crime, Adams said.
The video had been viewed 45,500 times by Thursday. The incident also prompted a statement from SMC Superintendent/President Kathryn E. Jeffery.
SMC “prides itself on inclusivity and diversity,” she said, and “will take immediate and evident action to reinforce to our students, college community, and guests that there is no room for hate at Santa Monica College.”
The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office said Thursday it had not yet received the case from SMC but that prosecutors “will evaluate” when it is received.
Adams said his department is collecting information about the incident before sending it to the City Attorney’s Office.
He also said the woman, who remained unidentified, was about to re-park her car so it was clearly in one spot when the yelling began.
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