Black Denver woman says two white men called her a racial slur and punched her in the face
A Denver woman said two white men attacked her over the weekend, and she believes they targeted her due to her race.
Jacqueline Fitzpatrick said she was waiting with two friends for an Uber ride near South Broadway when two men in their 20s approached and asked the women to tell them something about black people, reported KCNC-TV.
“We just thought they were trying to hit on us,” she said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen.”
The 23-year-old Fitzpatrick said one of the men suddenly called her a racial slur and punched her three times in the face before running away.
She said the attack dazed her, and she found her mouth and clothes covered in blood once she came to, and Fitzpatrick was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she received three stitches in her lip.
Police are reluctant to call the attack a hate crime, but Fitzpatrick is certain that’s what happened.
“I was called a racial slur before I was hit in the face,” she said. “Even when they approached us they had something to say about my race.”
Fitzpatrick said the attack has made her fearful to go out again.
“I have live here all my life and I’ve never been afraid to be somewhere or do something because of my race,” she said. “It’s never been an issue but with everything that’s going on it’s really scary.”