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Latina Karen In Torrance Goes On Foul-Mouthed Racist Tirade Against Two People In Two Days

Update: Police have located Lena Hernandez, the woman who was caught on camera jumping into racist tirades against Asian-Americans she encountered in public. People are upset with how the police have been handling the case.

Police have identified, found, and interviewed Lena Hernandez, the Latina Karen who went viral on social media.

Torrance Police Chief Eve Berg held a press conference to address the verbal assaults and updates with the case. One point of pushback was because the police, though they interviewed Hernandez, did not arrest her. There has also been no talk about charges being filed as of yet.

“The reason why we haven’t held a press conference or put out any information on this matter is because we didn’t want to compromise the integrity of this investigation,” she said last week. “We wanted to make sure we had positive identification from all the victims with this suspect.”

Original: A woman in Torrance has been identified after two videos of her verbally attacking Asian Americans went viral. The woman, identified as Lena Hernandez, is all over Twitter because of the videos.

The first video of Lena Hernandez verbally assaulting someone was this one.

According to a social media post, someone’s friend was exercising in a park in Torrance when Hernandez confronted her. The video shows Hernandez approaching the woman recording the video and yelling a series of expletive at her. At one point, Hernandez tells the woman to post the video on Facebook.

Hernandez also threatened physical harm to the woman by way of her family. Hernandez called the woman selfish and that her family would gladly attack her for how she reacted to her.

In the second video, Hernandez confronts a man in a parking lot and spews hateful language.

In the second video, Hernandez continued on saying that the people she was confronting should go back where they came from. This time, Hernandez goes further than saying to leave the country and tries to tell the man that people, in general, don’t want him there.

The video starts with Hernandez claiming that she is not racist but that the man should go home. The comment is a veiled attempt at saying “go back to your country” without using that specific phrase. Both people confronted by Hernandez kept their cool and simply stood their ground and documented the tirade.

People who live in Torrance have recognized the woman.

The videos have gained a lot of attention as they are happening at a time of heightened racial tensions in the U.S. People are demanding racial justice on all forms and people are taking notice of who is doing what. Private Facebook groups have popped up that are exposing people who make racist comments on social media and expose them.

The videos are reminding some people that we have to do better and educate our own community.

Racism is a serious issue in the Latino community. Many of us have explained it away as just how our parents or grandparents are. It is a reminder that we all have a lot of uncomfortable conversations to have with our family members.

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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“Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

A New Law Targets ‘Karens’ And Could Finally Make Their Behavior A Crime

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A New Law Targets ‘Karens’ And Could Finally Make Their Behavior A Crime

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The ‘Karen’ meme has exploded across the Internet, as entitled white people have terrorized Black and Brown people across the country. It’s a meme that makes light of their ridiculous behavior, but it’s also shining a light on the larger issue of racism and racial inequality in the United States.

Although many of the videos rack up millions of views, it’s important to remember that many of the actions these ‘Karens’ take against people of color are actually threatening the lives of these same people. One false phone call to the police accusing a Black man of harassment can lead to his death at the hands of racist policing.

Now, elected officials across the country are thinking of ways to hold Karen (and her male counterpart, ‘Ken’) accountable for putting Black and Brown lives in jeopardy.

San Francisco introduced the first ever CAREN Act – which would hold Karens responsible for their dangerous actions.

Following a spate of high-profile 911 calls against people of color, San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would make discriminatory calls for police illegal.

Walton dubbed the ordinance the CAREN Act (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies), in an apparent nod to the popularized slang name that refers to an entitled white woman complaining about people of color. The legislation would amend the San Francisco Police Code to make it unlawful for someone to “fabricate false racially biased emergency reports,” according to a news release from Walton.

“Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting,” Walton tweeted. “This is the CAREN we need.”

Making a false police report is already illegal but Walton’s bill would also make it illegal to fabricate a report based on someone’s race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender or sexual orientation.

San Francisco is just the latest city to consider such legislation.

The San Francisco CAREN bill comes just after a similar bill was introduced in California’s State Assembly by Rob Bonta. His bill would classify discriminatory 911 calls as a hate crime in the state. 

Meanwhile, on the other coast, New York state lawmakers approved legislation last month that allows people “a private right of action” if they believe someone called a police officer on them because of their race, gender or nationality. The move by New York came after Amy Cooper, a white woman in New York City, gained national attention after a video went viral of her calling the police on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park.

In 2019, the City Commission in Grand Rapids, Michigan, held a public hearing on a “proposed human rights ordinance” criminalizing racially motivated calls to 911 with a fine of up to $500.

And in Los Angeles, the city council is exploring “criminal penalties, rights of victims to bring private civil actions and cost recovery by the City,” he tweeted.

These new bills and proposals come in the wake of countless incidents involving white people falsely accusing Black and Brown people of all sorts of activities.

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Just a few weeks ago, a white hotel employee in North Carolina called the police on a guest, a Black woman and her children, who were using the hotel’s swimming pool. A white woman also pulled a gun on a Black woman and her daughter. Then there was the woman in an LA suburb who took hammers to her neighbor’s car and told them to “go back to Mexico.”

But few are as famous as Amy Cooper – or Central Park Karen – who called the cops on a Black birdwatcher, accusing him of harassing her.

Unfortunately, the Karen phenomenon isn’t an isolated occurrence – it’s an everyday one for millions of Black and Brown Americans.