*26-year-old Jessica Lynn Sanders, the Illinois woman who used the n-word at least 12 times during a racist attack on a Chicago couple at a festival this summer, has been arrested on felony hate crime charges.
Video recorded by the victims in the July 31 incident, Chicago schoolteachers Ernest and Cassie Crim, went viral in August.
Sanders was arrested October 12, and hit with two felony counts of hate crime and two counts of misdemeanor battery.
In his initial Facebook post, Crim explained what led up to the portion of the incident caught on video:
So, I’m with my wife at the #ChicagoMargaritaFest when we decide to play the Bean Bag Toss game. Our section didn’t have any bean bags so we retrieved one that was tossed far by a group of four next to us that had at least 10 to themselves.
One lady in that group (a white lady) called me and my wife a “n*gger”. Additionally, she proceeded to spit on my wife in an effort to provoke us to assault her. This is America in 2016. This is why I’m angry.
Thankfully, security immediately grabbed her, handcuffed her and threw her out. However, we don’t know her name and we want to press charges. #PleaseShare #BeingBlack #ChicagoMargaritaFest
Crim filed a police report and turned to the Internet sleuths to uncover Sanders’ identify and to advocate that charges be filed against her. She was taken into custody on October 12 and was held until her first court appearance last Saturday, according to the Chicago Sun Times. She was released after posting 10 percent of her $50,000 bond.
Sanders said that in the months following the incident, she was bombarded with messages on Facebook and via email, and that her phone number and home address were posted on the Internet.
“I haven’t slept at home since July 31st, I was afraid something was going to happen,” Sanders said. “I was depressed. I was upset. But I know myself. I know that’s not me, what was out there. I thought that it blew over a bit. I started to be out more, getting back to a regular life. Now it’s on the news and television, and it’s starting all over.”
If you haven’t seen it, here’s video of Sanders’ racially motivated attack on the couple. Most shocking of all are her two black “friends” who defend her rage and racism: