“No I do not. I have respect. You do not harass people,” Trent responds.
Trent called the police and Dwire was arrested and taken to Garfield County Jail and charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment.
Dwire has since been released on bond and is due back in court November.
Fabiola Velasquez uploaded the clip on Facebook. “I never thought this would happen to me,” she wrote.
She defended us and called the police.
According to BuzzFeed News, the conflict started when Dwire overheard two women, Fabiola Velasquez and Isabel Marin from Mexico, speaking Spanish. Dwire interrupted and asked them if they liked living in the US – yes, they did – after which point she told them to learn English.
Dwire became louder and irate, and it was at this point Trent intervened in an effort to de-escalate the situation.
Trent told BuzzFeed:
When the police officer, Carlos Cornejo showed up, Dwire informed him that she was exercising her freedom of speech and said she was offended by the women speaking Spanish because they “didn’t have the respect to speak English”.
However, Dwire said that her outburst had “nothing to do with race”.
Valesquez however, insists it was a racially-charged attack.
If she wasn’t racist, she wouldn’t care what language we would speak. It baffles me because, I don’t understand, what concept they have about us [immigrants]. What are we trying to take away from them exactly?
Dwire added that she “didn’t mind them coming here” so long as they “want to be American and not go on our welfare system”.
One person on Facebook wrote: “I would lose my ever living mind if I witnessed this nonsense! Blows my mind that there are people like this that exist! Good for this lady for standing up for what is right! Pretty sure there would have been more cuss words with myself.”
If you see Xenophobia CALL IT OUT
If you see Islamophobia CALL IT OUT
If you see Racism CALL IT OUT
If you see Misogyny CALL IT OUT
If you see Homophobia CALL IT OUT
I’m ever so grateful for articulate people who do not stand by while idiots try to hurt complete strangers for no good reason. Bless her for coming to their defense!
On what people can do if they see someone being racially abused, Trent said:
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