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Watch A White Woman Tell Biracial Family To ‘Get Out Of Berkeley’—Then Cry When She Is Arrested

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The list of things a Black family can do without being harassed by racist White people continues to shrink. Meanwhile, walking on the sidewalk joined the list of prohibited activities in May.

In Berkeley, California, a biracial family was walking down the street on Memorial Day. One member of the family, Essex Cook, 30, noticed a woman was walking behind the group, complaining they were taking up too much of the sidewalk.

When the group offered to let her pass, she refused and instead began harassing the family. In an Instagram video of the incident, the woman, who’s been identified as Lauren Milewski, 31, can be heard saying:

“You don’t belong here. Get out of Berkeley.”

“Get out of here. You don’t belong anywhere.”

Watch the video here:

The boldness these days is unreal . We can’t bbq we can’t walk down the street .. like WOW Soooo this pisses us all the way off ! This video hits close to home because one of the young ladies in the video is SoOakland founders cousin @_elexxia along with A white woman in Berkeley,Ca followed them down the street and kept telling them to “Get out of Berkeley “ and harassed them for blocks. Luckily witnesses were around that saw the interaction because the White Woman Tried to turn victim when the police arrived and tried to say my cousin and her friends were a MOB and was assaulting her #walkingwhileBLACK #thisisamaerica #berkeleyca #sobayarea #blacklivesmatter #racismissoreal @theshaderoom @theshaderoom @shaunking @troubleman31 @realdlhughley

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Nearby, a White couple, who saw everything that happened, called the police.

Elexia Cook saw this happening and feared that when the police arrived, the couple might side with their harasser.

Cook commented:

“When the police cars arrived, I was scared. I didn’t know what the white couple that stood there was going to say to the police, or what they said over the phone.”

“We were scared that something else might have happened, and we would be arrested along with her until things got sorted out.”

Fortunately, that was not the case this time.

Berkeley Police Lt. Peter Hong arrived and arrested Milewski, who has a history of aggressive and criminal behavior.

A second Instagram video captured a tearful Milewski as she resists arrest.

It’s sad that she —like others who complain about losing jobs or scholarships for their personal choices caught on video— thinks she’s entitled to harass people with no consequences.

Ultimately, the Cook family chose not to press charges. Perhaps their forgiveness will help Milewski learn a lesson in respect.

H/T – RawStory, Instagram


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--