A local community rallies together to protest a racist attack by a neighbor against a black family in Virginia Beach that has targeted them for months with the sound of monkeys, banjo music and racist slurs.
The loud music that mocked the family’s run initially began when Janic Martinez’s family moved into their home in Cal-de-Sac, Salem Lake, Virginia, a few years ago.
Outraged by the racist jibes, the neighborhood community gathered and held a support rally for the family. As per the reports, the joint act forced the neighbor to stop, leading to calm in the area.
A neighbor who attended the rally asked to show disapproval that they wanted peace. “We currently have some peace, and our neighbors do not have to tolerate racial abuse directed at them,” said Nancy Eleftheratos, Mr Martinez’s neighbor.
“The support from the community has been amazing. We want nothing more than to live in peace in our homes. The kids are running around doing their jobs without any crap! It’s not over yet! But it’s a start !” Ms. Eleftheratos said.
A desperate Ms Martinez complained of a racist attack on her Facebook last month. “My disgusting neighbor plays it with monkey noises towards me and my family, every single day!!” He said in the post.
The attacks have had a terrifying effect on her seven-year-old son, who asked her about a racist abuse black families often face, according to one report good.
However, several complaints raised over the past few months with the Virginia Beach Police Department did not lead to criminal action against the abusive neighbor.
In a tweet, the police department said, “As appalling and offensive as neighbor’s behavior is, city attorneys and Virginia magistrates have determined separately that the action so far reported has not escalated to a level that is not recommended.” Virginia law defines it as criminal behavior.”
It added that the police department has no right to interfere and warrant is not upheld.
“We will closely monitor the situation, investigate complaints and within the limits of the law, help this family in this most unpleasant situation,” the statement said.
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