WATCH ABOVE: A Hamilton woman has been charged after a video shows her uttering racial slurs and assaulting taxi driver. (video courtesy of Mubarik Gyenne-Bayere)
A 33-year-old Hamilton woman has been charged with assault after a video posted on social media captured part of an incident that shows her in a physical altercation with a taxi driver while she uttered racial slurs.
“The woman in the back was basically trying to like punch or slap the driver that was sitting in the front,” Mubarik Gyenne-Bayere, a 24-year-old Hamilton musician who filmed part of the exchange, told Global News Wednesday.
The 50-second video posted on Facebook shows a woman getting out of a cab, going back in and tussling with the cab driver before getting out and having another altercation with the driver. The woman can be heard cursing and repeating the ‘N-word’ multiple times.
Gyenne-Bayere just got off a GO bus and was on his way to work when he came across the incident. He said the woman and driver were arguing for a few minutes before he started recording, adding he heard from someone at the scene that police were on the way.
According to Hamilton police, officers were called to Summers Lane near King Street West around 4 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of an assault.
Police said they saw the woman continuing to assault the driver. The woman was arrested after police intervened. The woman was later released on a promise to appear in a Hamilton court on Nov. 3.
The circumstances leading up to the incident are unknown.
The Hamilton police hate crime unit has been assigned to review the matter due to “hate bias overtones used by the accused,” a statement read.
The driver received minor injuries and declined additional medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Gyenne-Bayere said he posted the video in an effort to start a dialogue about racial and income inequalities.
“I want people to understand that these kinds of things, first off, happen every day and sometimes it’s overt, sometimes it’s more subtle.”
(Nick Westoll, Global News)