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Cleveland woman claims she was targeted in racially motivated attack in Steelyard Commons

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:40 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland woman who was attacked in front of her children said it was racially motivated.

It happened at the Walmart at Steelyard Commons a little after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Carey Vallier said she was walking to her car in the parking lot with her 14-year-old and 2-year-old when she yelled at a woman to slow down.

As she continued walking, she said she noticed a man staring at her.

“He was standing by his vehicle, and he was just staring at me for a long time,” said Carey Vallier. “I’m like, ‘Is there a problem? Can I help you?’ And he just started going crazy, like, ‘I’m not that <expletive>. ‘I will do it. I’ll beat your a**.’”

Vallier said the man continued yelling vulgar things and even approached her while spitting at her.

“He ... shoved me. My glasses went like this,” said Vallier. “I was like, ‘oh my God.’”

“He said, ‘I’ve been wanting to beat a white person’s a**,’” Vallier added. “I’m like, oh, and I’m the right one?”

She says she pulled out her phone to call the police, and she says the man yelled, ‘you’re a white, cop calling b***h.’

“I’m not racist,” said Vallier. “My kids are half Black.”

The man eventually got in his car and drove off. Vallier told 19 News she snapped a picture of his car and license plate and went to the police.

“I just hope he learns his lesson from this,” said Vallier. “I was just going to let it go, but [she thought] I should just go ahead and go through it because if he does this to somebody else then he might hurt them next time.”

The suspect has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

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