A black Texas woman whose brutal beating by a white bartender was captured on video described to a local news station what it felt like to be so viciously attacked.
In an interview with Dallas’ WFAA, 24-year-old L’Daijohnique Lee said bartender Austin Shuffield beat her up and threatened her at gunpoint in the Deep Ellum neighborhood after she accidentally blocked a parking lot exit.
“I knew I was on a one-way street but I was stopping literally at the corner to let my friend out,” Lee said.
Shuffield, age 30, approached Lee’s vehicle to get a photo of her license plate after she entered the parking lot — and, feeling intimidated, the woman told him to get back or else she’d mace him, the man’s arrest warrant stated.
At that point, Shuffield pulled out a gun.
In a video recorded by a bystander, the bartender is seen pulling out the gun, though he never pointed it directly at Lee.
“I got scared, I was like ‘you have a gun?'” Lee told WFAA. “The first thing I thought to do was call the police.”
But when she pulled out her phone to make the call, police said that Shuffield slapped it out of her hand and kicked it away from her. Lee began slapping the man in an attempt to push him away from her — and he then used his fists, and on the video can be seen punching her as many as five times.
“He charged at me, and he just kept hitting me, and I was like ‘ok, ok, ok’,” Lee said. “Watching that video literally makes me cry. All I could do was try and protect myself.”
“He literally sat there and beat me like a man,” she added.
WFAA noted that when police arrived on the scene, they found a .45-caliber Glock pistol and a knife.
As the Dallas Morning News reported Friday, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is now representing the 24-year-old woman, said Shuffield went on a racist diatribe during the attack and should face hate crime charges.
The report also noted that Shuffield has been fired from his job as a bartender at the High and Tight Barbershop in Dallas.
You can watch a bystander video of the attack below:
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