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 @es.sex 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
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.
“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.
When good cops do the right thing. pic.twitter.com/PvFTX6WfyJ— A D R E A (@youngwildfree83) July 18, 2018
Berkeley Police Lt. Peter Hong arrived and arrested Milewski, who has a history of aggressive and criminal behavior.
She was identified in records online as 31-year-old Lauren Milewski. Hong said Milewski has no permanent home address.— DJ Neumatic (@djneumatic) July 17, 2018
According to court records, Milewski was on probation for a 2017 robbery... https://t.co/IRoA6BUNLV
This needs to stop. No one should be attacked or bullied this way..Just so wrong. Will this ever end?— DORIS ANNETTE BIVINGS (@CELB2000) July 19, 2018
A second Instagram video captured a tearful Milewski as she resists arrest.
Part 2. (See previous post ) The woman did get arrested after the harassment and charges will be pressed . Luckily witnesses were able to let the officers know she was harassing the group (@_elexxia @es.sex )because this could have easily went wrong. #walkingwhileblack thank you BERKELEY polive Department for FINALLY doing you job correctly #sooakland #soberkeley
Yes!!! Those cuffs look good on her!
— Ilenep (@ileneilenep) July 20, 2018
Yo...wtf is going on in the Bay Area?!— Elon Muskrat (@ChristineFox_) July 21, 2018
The bbq lady. The lady who called the police on the little girl selling water. The lady who called the police on the Asian lady selling her lil trinkets n shit. This woman telling a Black couple to “get out of Berkeley”?!
— Chris Redwood ?????? (@KissyfurRedwood) July 20, 2018
i know right? not the berkeley i knew in the 60″s
— anita m fellows (@An3ita5) July 20, 2018
Good job Twitter. Racists deserve every consequence of their actions. Glad to see this one was arrested for harassment.
— Mari DiMarco-Temkin (@BluePomGirl) July 20, 2018
Ultimately, the Cook family chose not to press charges. Perhaps their forgiveness will help Milewski learn a lesson in respect.