A Chicago mother claims a group of black youths attacked her car with her two children inside and hurled racial epithets at her because she was white.
Susan Pedersen says she was left shaken and fearful in the wake of the incident that took place near the University of Chicago campus Thursday night.
Police say two people were arrested and charged, but Susan Pedersen says several dozen people were involved in the attack that left her two children covered in broken glass. They were in the back seat of the vehicle, which was left dented with the rear glass shattered.
Pedersen exclusively spoke with ABC7 Eyewitness News:
“They were walking around both sides of the vehicle – in the front, in the back – and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs, and telling me that I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white.”
The attackers comprised of all African-American youth and they “kicked the vehicle and shook it violently,” Pedersen said.
Pedersen recounted how the attackers violently shook the car with her two children screaming in the backseat, and one of the teens even used his bicycle to shatter the rear window, sending shards of glass raining down on the toddlers.
Pedersen’s 3-year-old son, Benjamin, suffered cuts in the incident.
The alleged attack ended as abruptly as it began when a passing police car pulled up to the scene, sending the teens fleeing.
The incident, which occurred at the corner of 60th and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at around 9 p.m., was just blocked from former President Barack Obama’s Chicago home.
Pedersen says one of the assailants was on a bicycle and the group “used it as a battering ram.” The bike broke the back window, sending shards of glass into the seat and on her three-year-old son, Benjamin. He was left with cuts from the glass. “I’m very scared, very anxious, nervous. Just fearful,” she said.
Apparently, the only thing that saved this innocent family from the unruly pack of teens was the fact that a police officer in a squad car happened to be nearby and spotted what was happening. As you would imagine, the cowards scattered when the officer came to the family’s aid.
Only two of the attackers were arrested. They were charged for “misdemeanor criminal damage to property,” and the case was closed.
However, Pedersen says that the teens damaged more than just her property, and she would like more serious charges filed. “This is something that’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life,” said Pederson.
While the family was able to escape with only minor injuries, Susan Pederson said she’s still horrified by what happened, and it’s hard to blame her. Here’s a woman, who was minding her own business, and out of nowhere, a group of violent teens attacked her and her two small children because of the color of her skin, which would be enough to frighten anybody.
Although Pedersen appears to have been targeted because of her race, there was no talk of hate crime charges. Here’s a group of violent teens who attacked a white woman and her two children, yes children, only because they were white, and they only got charged with property damage? Racism of any form should be strongly opposed and punished equally, regardless of the skin color of the persons involved. That’s something we should all be able to agree on.
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