The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an incident in which a white woman allegedly threw a bottle at a Black female jogger in Queens and yelled a racial slur at her.
On August 17, Tiffany Johnson was going for a jog when an unidentified woman hurled a bottle at her and reportedly told her to go back to Africa and used a racial slur. Johnson did not report the incident until a friend saw a video of it on social media.
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According to the New York Daily News, the NYPD released a video on Wednesday that shows the suspect sipping from the bottle. Then, she appears to throw it at Johnson without provocation.
On her Facebook page, Johnson posts a video of the incident and addresses her feelings about what happened.
“This incident happened to me while I was jogging in 98 degree weather, minding my business,” she wrote. “I had no idea somebody was filming this, it literally surfaced 1 month later and is now viral on the internet.”
“As a Black woman, I’m always cautious because I know that the color of my skin is triggering for certain people,” she continues. “At the time I felt it was race related, but looking back at this video is 100 percent confirmation of a hate crime.”
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“Racism is being perceived as a threat due to the color of my skin,” she writes. “That I don’t feel pain the same way and am different somehow, therefore its permissible to hunt, threaten and or use excessive force to get a simple result. That whether jogging or bbq or walking in a hoodie, somehow a human being whose skin color is brown is a threat, therefore force and violence is okay.”
Police say the suspect is a light-skinned woman who appears to be in her 40s. She is approximately 5’5″ and 160 pounds. She has blue eyes and long blonde hair. She may speak with a foreign accent.
On the day of the incident, she was wearing dark sunglasses, a black tank top and white shorts.
Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Spanish speakers should call 1-888-577-4782.