Police in the Canadian city of Hamilton said that a woman was arrested this week after she was caught on video using racial slurs and assaulting a black taxi cab driver.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Mubarik Adams said that he was walking in downtown Hamilton when he heard a woman in a cab yelling “go back to Africa.” Adams began filming the incident after he heard the woman use the N-word.
“[I] saw the lady in the video in the back of the taxi yelling frantically while trying to physically harm the driver who was in the front,” Adams recalled. “At one point she was telling him to ‘go back to Africa’ and got out of the vehicle and said the N word repeatedly while smacking the car window, and this is basically when I began filming.”
CBC reported that Hamilton police arrested a 33-year-old woman in connection with the incident. She is facing assault charges.
“The Hamilton Police Hate Crime Unit has been assigned to the matter as a result of the hate bias overtones used by the accused,” police said in a statement.
Adams told CBC that he hopes the video will spark a conversation on race.
“Racism is 100 percent intertwined with capitalism and overall inequality,” Adams pointed out, likening the suspect to supporters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “You can’t blame that immigrant who doesn’t have the power of a person at the top.”
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