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A Former Marine In Las Vegas Allegedly Pulled A Gun On A Latino When He Drove Down Her Street

Since President Trump’s election, there has been a well-documented uptick in hate crimes and discrimination against people of color and minorities. An employee called the cops on two black men for sitting at a Starbucks; a white woman called the cops on black people barbecuing at the park; a New York lawyer went on a rant against people speaking Spanish; and a border agent targeted two Latinas as undocumented because they were speaking Spanish in Montana. Now, there is a report of a woman in Las Vegas pulling a gun on a Latino man for driving down her street.

James Ochoa posted on Facebook about an encounter he had with a white woman while he was driving on her street in Las Vegas.

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Ochoa says that the woman — who’s been identified as Summer Berlinger by The Root — yelled at him to get off her street. He alleges he didn’t do anything to her.

Some of the encounter was recorded on video.

Ochoa also said that they eventually called the police on her because he did have witnesses pf the altercation and now they have a court date.

“I am fighting against her cause I had to leave work for 2 days & it’s not right what she did,” reads his Facebook post.

The woman in the video — a former Marine turned party planner — posted on social media that the man is a liar.

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According to Newsweek, the Las Vegas police said they are investigating the incident and did confiscate three guns.

At this time, no arrests have been made,” Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield said in an email to Newsweek. “During the course of the initial investigation, three firearms were impounded for safekeeping until the investigation is complete.”

Mitú will update this story as more information becomes available.


READ: Two Women In Montana Were Approached By A Border Patrol Agent While At A Gas Station For Speaking Spanish

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A Florida Politician Verbally Assaulted A Group Of Latinos But They Recorded The Incident

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A Florida Politician Verbally Assaulted A Group Of Latinos But They Recorded The Incident

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Late last month, a teenage Puerto Rican tennis player was accosted by local politician Martin Hyde at a tennis club in Sarasota, Florida. The tennis player captured the incident on video, which was later posted to social media by Puerto Rican attorney Alvin Couto de Jesus, who had originally gotten the video from the athlete’s uncle, Javier Irizarry.

In the video, Hyde is seated, speaking tersely with the athlete and his peers, before following them as they begin to leave the premises.

According to Irizarry, his 15-year-old nephew was invited to play in the Casely International Tennis Championship, which was hosted last week by Bath & Racquet Club at the Celsius Tennis Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The athlete was practicing for the tournament when, allegedly, Hyde approached him and his friends in an aggressive manner, instructing them to “cut grass” and “get out.” The video’s audio begins with Hyde telling one of the players to “keep [your] mouth shut.” The tennis player and his peers rebuke Hyde’s confrontation, calling him out for making racist comments and demanding that they leave.

“You’re telling me to cut grass because I’m Hispanic,” says one of the players. “That’s racism, man. How can you say something like that?”

The players continue to draw attention to Hyde’s racist comments before turning to leave the scene. Hyde gets up from his seat and follows them, crying, “Out! Out!” all the while.

Before leaving the Tennis Academy, the teens report the incident to Academy staff. Meanwhile, Hyde interrupts and tries to invalidate their story, accusing them of being disruptive and intoxicated.

“I don’t know what drugs they’re on,” he says, insisting that he is a “member of the club” and that he wants the teenagers to leave. The athletes repeat his comment about “cutting grass,” and while some of Hyde’s speech is muffled, his response to the teen is clear as day: “Yes,” he says. “So what?” When a staff member engages in an attempt to solve the conflict, Hyde encourages her to “throw them out,” eventually telling the teens to “shut up” before abruptly walking away.

Latino Rebels reported the story and shared the video on Friday. It has since circulated widely on social media, and as a result, Sarasota’s Bath & Racquet Club has banned Hyde from its premises.

“We have kids from all over the world, Central America, Latin America, who play here and compete to get scholarships for college,” Cary Cohenour, the director of Celsius Tennis Academy, which leases courts to the club, told NBC News. “The whole incident was out of control and though Celsius wasn’t involved, we want people to know that we denounce racism here.”

An active candidate for the District 2 Sarasota City Commission, Hyde planned to quit the race after news of the incident spread. However, he’s since announced that he may continue running. And in spite of the video evidence, Hyde adamantly denies making racist comments to the Puerto Rican tennis players, though he does admit that he acted inappropriately.

“I was rude and I regret that. It was a long day and my kids were being disturbed while they were having their lesson, because the boys were being loud,” Hyde said. “But I simply didn’t say those things, and that’s why they’re not in the video.”

Hyde also denies allegations—made by Twitter user @sergiodilan101, who Latino Rebels have identified as Irizarry’s nephew—that Hyde offered him $50,000 in exchange for the video.

In this Twitter thread, @sergiodilan101 recounts the story in great detail, expressing that before this incident, he and his compañero had never felt so “upset, frustrated, uncomfortable, and sad.” He encourages all Latinos to stand together and support each other in situations like this, and he has received an abundant outpouring of support and affirmation, both from people online, political figures, and family.

“We had a long talk about reality and I explained to him that this guy represents a really small minority and that his behavior wasn’t normal,” Irizarry told NBC News. “I hope by sharing the video we can prevent something like this from happening again.”

Additionally,  Peter Vivaldi, a former Republican candidate for the Florida state Senate—who is also of Puerto Rican descent—responded to the video by saying that “if you’re a public figure . . . you run for everybody, you represent everybody.”

He added, “This is not what we want to represent any party and less do we want that in the state of Florida, where we’re talking about Puerto Ricans that are American citizens. We need to make sure if you’re Republican or Democrat, if you’re saying things that are not appropriate, we need to call you out.”

A Starbucks Barista Labeled A Cop’s Order With The Word ‘Pig’, The Officer’s Daughter Says It’s Accurate

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A Starbucks Barista Labeled A Cop’s Order With The Word ‘Pig’, The Officer’s Daughter Says It’s Accurate

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Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O’Mara, in Oklahoma, claimed Starbucks gave one of his officers a drink with the word “PIG” written on the label. Now someone alleging to be his daughter is saying that O’Mara is, in fact, a pig. The woman on social media who goes by @MissOMara says her father was a proud racist when she was growing up and should never have become a police officer. 

The incident began when O’Mara shared that five of the drinks he and his officers received had “PIG” printed on the labels. The police chief believed the event to be symptomatic of a larger culture that has adopted anti-law enforcement attitudes. Well, it appears his own daughter believes the sentiment is well-earned if her father is representative of the police. 

O’Mara’s own daughter calls him a pig on Twitter.

“This is my father and I’d like to say that he is absolutely a pig and I’d like to thank the brave men and women from Starbucks for their service,” she shared on Twitter. 

Her dismay did not end there, she elaborated on just why she felt her father was the true personification of swine.

“For the record, my father has 0 business being a police officer. He was blatantly, proudly racist when I was a kid. Said things I would never repeat,” O’Mara’s daughter said in another tweet. “He treats women like dogs, including his own daughter. Oink oink.”

The woman also claimed that others in the department were not as offended by the comment on the Starbucks cups. 

“The deputy it actually happened to told my mom he didn’t really care and that it was a harmless joke, no big deal,” she said. “But my father is a camera whore who couldn’t resist the attention.”

O’Mara’s daughter’s tweets were retweeted almost 90,000 times. She later tweeted that O’Mara notified her mother and urged her to delete the tweets. She still has not deleted the tweets in question. 

Many people shared their support of O’Mara’s comments, while Starbucks sided with the police chief. 

“My dad was the same! He used to brag about how good he was at covering bullet holes in the walls and nobody ever did anything because who’s going to call the cops on a cop?” One user wrote in response. “Eventually, he pulled his gun on the wrong person and, thankfully, got fired.”

The Starbucks barista has since been fired and the employee who made the labels called and apologized to the officer. When O’Mara heard the news he asked Starbucks to reconsider, instead calling for “civility.” 

“This is absolutely unacceptable, and we are deeply sorry to the law enforcement officer who experienced this. We have also apologized directly to him and are working to connect with the police chief as well to express our remorse,” Starbucks spokesperson Jory Mendes told News on 6. “This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work to keep our communities safe” 

The incident garnered national attention when O’Mara blasted the barista in a Facebook post. 

O’Mara’s polarizing Facebook rant, which has since been deleted, caused a national stir. 

“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” the chief wrote on Facebook. O’Mara claimed to be doing a thankless job where people viewed him as being a villain for doing “what’s right.”

“This cup of coffee for a ‘pig’ is just another little flag. It’s another tiny symptom and a nearly indiscernible shout from a contemptuous, roaring and riotous segment of a misanthropic society that vilifies those who stand for what’s right and glorifies the very people who would usher in the destruction of the social fabric. It’s another tiny pinprick into the heart of men and women who are asking themselves more often: ‘Why am I doing this?'” O’Mara wrote.

In the wake of the incident, Starbucks claims it will work with law enforcement to promote “understanding and respect” between the parties. Meanwhile, the police department says it will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event at Starbucks where community members can engage with officers in a safe space.

While it is unclear if O’Mara’s daughter’s claims are true, the story solidifies the ever-growing contentious relationship between law enforcement and civilians as revelations of police brutality, corruption, and abuse of power pervade the national conversation.