A white man and woman were caught on video abusing a couple of color in Torrance, California.
This week, Instagram user @izzeee.e posted a shocking video where she and her boyfriend, who she says is Black, were victims of racism on Wednesday, the day of her 25th birthday.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Sgt. Alexander Martinez says the incident happened near Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. that night.
Per the social media user, a white man and woman in a white pickup truck “harassed” them for miles until both parties came to a red light.
As seen in the clip, the white woman stands outside of the couple’s car, gives them both of her middle fingers, and yells, “White lives matter, -----.”
“Only white lives matter, -----,” the white woman yells again as she walks back to her truck.
The white man then gets out of his truck and appears to give the couple the Nazi salute.
After the white woman exits the truck again to film the couple’s car, the white man grabs what appears to be a gardening tool from the back of his truck and uses it to damage the couple’s vehicle.
Fortunately, the couple was able to drive away before more damage was inflicted.
“We ended up getting away from there. We got there license plate. Please share! This happened in Torrance CA. LICENSE PLATE: 51922T2,” the social media user wrote on her page.
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On my birthday JULY 22. 2020 I experience racism in a extremely traumatic way. I been racially profiled for so long . That’s besides the point today on my 25th birthday I was a victim of racism and so was my boyfriend who is black. We were being harassed for miles . Until we came to a red light . When all this happened They hit the car . Cause damaged to his car . We ended up getting away from there . We got there license plate . Please share ! This happened in Torrance CA. LICENSE PLATE: 51922T2 #RACISM #Share #blacklivesmatter #blm
Thursday on Twitter, the Torrance Police Department released a statement saying they are aware of the video and are in communication with one of the victims. Officials say the incident is currently under investigation.
This morning we were made aware of the video that has been circulating on social media regarding a crime that occurred within the City of Torrance. The victim has been contacted and detectives are actively investigating this incident.— Torrance Police (@TorrancePD) July 23, 2020
That day, Martinez told CBS Los Angeles that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. The sergeant also told the outlet that the victims’ races were not immediately confirmed.