Wash. woman charged with hate crime after Facebook Live
A Washington woman was charged with a hate crime after she posted a racially charged rant on Facebook Live.
(CNN) - A Washington woman was charged with a hate crime after she posted a racially charged rant on Facebook Live.
Sandra Jametski's late November rant on Facebook Live went on more than 10 minutes. It began with her following a car owned by a Latino family. A year earlier, prosecutors say she was involved in a traffic crash with the same family.
"Yeah this is what we call Spanish privilege. And she's going to right where I used to live! Welcome to my neighborhood!" said Jametski on Facebook Live.
Jametski's video shows her following the car as it makes every turn.
"We don't drive like we're in Mexico, lady!" said Jametski.
As she followed the car to a school, her rage kept building.
"I was going to therapy and now I'm going to be late," said Jametski.
At the school, Jametski got out of the car and yelled at the woman, used a racial slur and, according to prosecutors, made threats and admitted to stalking.
"That red Corvette that keeps coming by your house, that's me," said Jametski.
Someone at the school recognized Sandra Jametski, found her Facebook Live video and sent a link to the victim who called police.
Mike Hogan prosecutes hate crimes in King County. He charged jametski with malicious harassment -- a felony.
"At one point did she cross the line into criminal behavior?" asked reporter Graham Johnson.
"Well, the state's theory is she clearly crosses the line when she parks her car, she confronts the targeted Hispanic woman as she's screaming at her about her ancestry," said Hogan.
Hogan says the video is evidence of what motivated Jametski.
"You can be as obnoxious and vulgar as you want as long as you're not threatening others," said Hogan.
Hogan says the victim feared for her family's safety and he says she did the right thing by calling police.
Jametski pleaded not guilty. Her attorney declined a request for comment.