A woman who was caught on camera screaming racial slurs at Asian people faces jail time.
54-year-old Lena Hernandez from Long Beach was filmed screaming racial insults at people, yelling ‘go back to whatever Asian country you came from’ in one of the incidents.
The retired social worker was arrested and charged with battery after she reportedly pushed Kayceelyn Salminao to the ground in a mall in California.
Hernandez faces 45 days in Los Angeles County Jail for the misdemeanor battery charge.
When she previously failed to show up in Torrance Court, attorney Sandy Roxas said the woman showed a ‘lack of respect.’
“She did not show up, and by 10 o’clock the court did order and issue a bench warrant for her arrest for her failure to appear,” Roxas told the Rafu Shimpo.
“She did not have counsel appear on her behalf. She did not have a reason why she failed to appear. This is a clear indication of her lack of respect for the judicial system and her lack of concern for the victim.”
Police managed to track down Hernandez after Salminao recognized her in two other racist videos shared on social media.
In one of the viral videos, Hernandez can be heard shouting at an Asian woman who was working out in Wilson park, yelling ‘go back to whatever f***** Asian country you came from!’
She added: “This is not your place. This is not your home. We do not want you here!”
After the clip went viral on social media, a 42-year-old man came forward with another video of the same woman.
In the second video, Hernandez was seen telling him to ‘go home this is from my government. Go home, you are so f*****, you’re gonna get f*****, your kids are gonna get f*****. This is my country, and this is my government. Go home.”
According to reports, prosecutors will seek a 45-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail for a misdemeanor battery charge for the incident in Del Amo Mall in California.
Hernandez is also expected to be on probation for the next three years and must complete a one-year management class. In addition, she must pay $1,500 and she will not be allowed to own a firearm for ten years.
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