An Ohio woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for using the “n-word” and driving aggressively at a pair of black teens.
Angela Baker, 43, was convicted of two felony counts of ethnic intimidation, as well as abuse that escalated the threat.
In July 2020, he encountered two teenage brothers while in his car in the parking lot of a Meijer grocery store in Toledo.
She reportedly made a lewd gesture at the boys before shouting the “n-word” and leading them towards her. In an interview with police, she admitted that she charged the boys with a car to intimidate them, and used racial slurs several times to refer to teenagers and black people more generally.
“It happened shortly after the murder of George Floyd … Racism is ignorant and should never have existed,” said Rebecca Velasquez, the boys’ mother. Said toledo blade on Thursday, “The color of your skin should never kill, hurt or intimidate you. Let racism die, not our people.”
Baker’s attorney, Adam Houser, asked the court to order mental health treatment for a woman who had previously been diagnosed with manic bipolar disorder, and who survived domestic violence and homelessness, which the court denied. Had done it.
During his sentencing, Baker became agitated and shouted “I am being terrorized” several times, while claiming that he had been “harassed, threatened and tormented” by black people in the past. “I wasn’t out to kill them. Well, yeah, I said a silly word. Who’s got it?” he said.
Prosecutors said they were sympathetic to Baker’s past struggles, but that provided no excuse for his conduct.
“I am unaware of any mental health issues that end up in people doing racist or racist things, like what happened here,” prosecutor Khaled Elwardney told court Thursday.
“I understand she’s gone through things in her life, but what kept her [the victims] through is completely unreasonable”
After serving his sentence in prison, Baker has been ordered into the Ohio Links, a transitional program for prisoners, as well as five years of probation.
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